Women Have Long Arms

January 5th 2016

“Well done!” to all of the women who baked Christmas cookies, shopped for groceries, scoured the stores for the perfect gift, sent out Christmas cards, planned a New Year’s party, cooked many delicious meals and did it all with grace and great patience. Even if like me, you were a little on the stressed side—“little” as in “This is crazy! Why didn’t I start earlier this year?!”—you still did what women do best. You gathered your family and friends together.


I’ve talked with many other women over the years, and I’m convinced that if it weren’t for us, there would be far fewer gatherings on earth. We’re the ones who keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, Eagle Scout celebrations, graduations…the details of life.


Family and friends sitting at a dining table

My husband was on the phone for over an hour with his best friend one day, and when he hung up, our conversation went like this:


Me: How’s Sarah (not real name)? Is she still involved in such-and such?

Him: I don’t know.

Me: What about the girls? Are they going on any mission trips in the Spring? Are they enjoying swing dancing?

Him: I don’t know.

Me: How is his family? Are his parents still healthy? What about (and then I named some of his friend’s brothers)? How are they doing?

Him: I don’t know.

Me. Well, what DID you talk about?


Honestly, I had no idea how he could have had a conversation with his best friend and then not find out the details of his life! Of course, they filled their conversation with various topics like their hobbies, what they did for recreation, how the jobs were going, etc. I just would have asked a few more questions.


Women are great at connecting, and that’s not by accident. God loves it when His children gather, and it’s a privilege that we have been given that gift…to varying degrees, of course.


As He lamented over Jerusalem, Jesus said, “How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (Matt. 23:37). Jesus likened the heart of God to that of a mother hen who gathers her chicks.


When you make your phone calls or send out e-vites for your next get-together, think of it as an expression of the heart of God. Connecting to Him and to each other is what this life is all about.

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