a psalm about power by Miriam Therese Winter.

 

A PSALM ABOUT POWER

Voice 1       Women, what is power?

All              Power is not power over.
                   Power is not being overpowered.

Voice 2    Women, how do you exercise power?

All            By taking control of ourselves.
                 By refusing to be controlled by others.

Voice 3   Women, where do you get your power?

All           From the One Who is All-Powerful.
                We name Her Power!
                We claim Her power.
                Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voice 1  Women, what is power?

All          Power is power with.
               Power is sharing power with others.

Voice 2 Women, how do you exercise power?

All          By giving control to others.
               By not controlling others ourselves.

Voice 3 Women, where do you get your power?

All         From the One Who is All-Powerful.
              We name Her Power!
              We claim Her power.
              Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voice 1 Women, what is power?

All         Power is in and through.
              It is in ourselves and through the Spirit.

Voice 2 Women, how do you exercise power?

All         By being in control of ourselves.
              By living and working through the Spirit.

Voice 3 Women, where do you get your power?

All         From the One Who is All-Powerful.
              We name Her Power!
              We claim Her power.
              Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voice 1 Women, what is power?

All         Power is empowering.
              Power is not empiring.

Voice 2 Women, how do you exercise power?

All         By empowering others to empower others.
              By creating empowering circles.
             By resisting empire building.

Voice 3 Women, where do you get your power?

All         From the One Who is All-Powerful.
              We name Her Power!
             We claim Her power.
             Praise to Her Who empowers us.

Voices Women, when will you claim your power?

All       We are naming it and claiming it
            by naming Her and claiming Her
           Who is Power and Who is empowering.
           We the powerless have the power
           to liberate and transform ourselves
          and to do the same for others.
         Praise to Her Who empowers us.

From the chapter on Jezebel in the WomanWitness by Miriam Therese Winter. I have emailed Ms Winter and gained permission to post this psalm. Emphasis my own.

I have been reading and re-reading this psalm over these last months. It helps on those days when I am tired of being witness to the destructive nature of male energies galloping over us all. It’s a boost and a reminder.

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