Dec 13 – Deborah

Have we told our daughters
and our sons too!
about Deborah,
mother-judge of Israel,
inspiration to Barak
and ten thousand men
to fight for their freedom?

Or about brave Jael
who cunningly lured
Sisera to her tent
and finished him,
not afraid and earnest
as any man to secure
her freedom?

Scripture, anyway,
does not shy away
from telling the tale.

© 2017 – Laurel Archer

Photo Credits:  Featured –; Inset, Laurel Archer.  Conversation on the banks of the Youghiogheny River

Note: This Advent series is using The Jesse Tree, a liturgical ‘tool’ to help guide and direct spiritual reflection.  Each day leading up to Advent, we  consider one Bible story, or character, beginning from creation, following chronologically (more or less) right up until the birth of Jesus. It’s a way to review the wide sweep of God’s pursuit of humankind across history.

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