Rahab
Joshua 2:1-24; 6:17-25;
Hebrews 11:31

Harlot!

Why do you say harlot? Why did they? Why is that the first thing you think of when you hear my name?

I was a businesswoman, well-informed on current events and shrewd in the marketplace of ideas. I was insightful. I could see change coming. Perhaps you are, as well.

I was a family woman with a large extended family, and wasn’t afraid to argue for them, stand up for them, negotiate for them. Perhaps you are, as well.

I was brave when times were dangerous. I wasn’t afraid to act on faith when action was needed. Perhaps you are, as well.

Judge me for who I was and what I did—not with labels like harlot.

When you have done this, in study, prayer and meditation, perhaps you will be able to do the same for the women and the people around you, whatever labels they have been given … perhaps even for yourself.

Amy Roebuck, Fort Erie.