Black women are contortionists.
In today’s reading, we are invited to heed God’s voice by holding fast to him and taking up our own cross each day.
For many Black women, the daily bending and twisting our bodies and spirits to meet often unsaid or unequal expectations is exhausting. Our bodies, words, hair, and presence are policed, and our credentials are constantly questioned. Yet, when something is not working right or needs to be fixed—from the classroom to the voting booth, and everything in between—we are the group everyone turns to. Contorting our bodies again for the common good. Placing our own crosses down to carry everyone else’s. We are exhausted.
What does it profit us to gain the world and lose ourselves? We are returning to ourselves with our eyes fixed on the eternal hope and blessings of the Lord: Finding peace by reengaging with intentional silence and prayerful rest with the women who have held the communities up to our young women in high school. Introducing Black women to individual and group spiritual direction alongside the ways we have gathered for centuries with one another, holding our sisters up in need of prayer warriors or therapy, because the two can exist together.
We are taking some much needed and deserved time for ourselves. Collectively, we are exhausted. No more contortionist performances. To fully do God’s work, we must be standing upright.
- How are you being called to make space for yourself or others to rest?
- If applicable, in your own work to build a more just world, how do you intentionally or unintentionally put the burden of labor on Black women, or on others who are impacted by injustice?
Lauren Morton is the creator of Bee at Peace. She graduated from Emory University and The George Washington University (B.A. in Sociology and Master of Health Administration, respectively), worked in hospital management, and today is an innovative, grassroots strategic and organizational team-builder.