“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”John 4:23-24 NIV.
I am Eve.
I’d like to think
I would not have believed the lie,
would not have disobeyed God
because of the serpent’s taunts.
But so often I do.
Truth be told, I am just like Eve.
I am Sarah.
I’d like to believe
I would never take matters into my own hands,
as Sarah did with Hagar and Ishmael,
would never laugh at God’s impossible promise.
Yet so often I have.
By truth of old, I am just like Sarah.
I am Dinah.
One who proclaimed his love
left me raped and defiled.
I thought I was forever broken,
and yet my Savior gave me justice,
stood up to protect my name.
The truth was told. I am just like Dinah.
I am Ruth.
I know that I was
a foreigner in this world.
Yet I chose to cling to a God
my mother didn’t teach me,
grafted into the family of Christ Himself.
To this truth I hold: I am just like Ruth.
I am Esther.
I believe that I am
born with a purpose,
for a time such as this,
to shed light on a great wrong,
reveal the Savior to those once condemned.
With this truth I’m bold: I am just like Esther.
I am Mary Magdalene.
I knew I was lost and alone,
tormented by my own thoughts,
no sense of worth, outcast and ashamed.
Then my Lord made me whole,
redeemed by soul.
This is a great truth: I am just like Mary.
I am the woman at the well.
My sordid past haunted me,
I felt my sin weigh me down.
Jesus knew it all and yet offered me
living water, a new life in Him.
And though I am nameless,
wherever Truth is told, I am known.
Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.