Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Writer/Editor Jordan Kimbrell.
When I was 16 and it came time to take my driving test, my older brother felt sure that, because I was a girl, I would do worse than he had a few years earlier. He’d barely passed on his third try, and he claimed I would fail thrice and be forced to take driver’s ed. I’m proud to report that, through hard work, practice and God’s grace, I disproved his assumption by passing the first time.
Today, girls and women around the world face all sorts of bias. There are assumptions that they either can’t do as well as boys or should be limited to “traditional” women’s roles. Families may give preference to boys over girls when it comes to education. Despite these obstacles, girls and women in the Unbound program are transforming their lives, their families’ lives and their communities.
I think of the group of mothers in India who, despite challenges of illiteracy and lack of formal education, used a traditional art form to do a high-level analysis of their community, identifying opportunities for new businesses. I also think of the many young women that have worked hard to become Unbound scholars, giving back to their communities while continuing their educations.
In Galatians, St. Paul says we are one in Christ without distinction based on race, circumstance or gender. “For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)
The women and girls of Unbound are inspirational. They show us what it’s like to overcome adversity with grace and strength, not only in the face of poverty, but in the face of being a woman.
Lord, thank you for the endurance you’ve given women throughout history. May we learn from the examples of women who have gone before us, and from those we encounter in our world today who exemplify perseverance and grace in the face of adversity. May we continue to draw strength from you, Lord. We ask this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.