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by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 3/12/2015

On Sunday, we celebrate Women’s Day at Highland Hills. The day highlights the gifts and graces of women. It coincides with an international movement that also celebrates women. International Women's Day was celebrated earlier this week. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women.
 
Our Lenten theme of “looking around” presses us to see the strength and the struggle of women from the early suffrage movement to the struggle for gender equality. In doing so, we realize the words of the apostle Paul, “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
 
Another song on my Lenten playlist this year is “One Voice,” by the Wailin’ Jennys. Consider the women in your life and add your voices to theirs as you reflect on this song. Listen here.  
 
 "One Voice"
 
This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice
 
This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two
 
This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three
 
This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
 
This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice