by Georgia (Jo) Kent
I grew up in a church where all the ladies called each other ‘sister.’ I never wondered why. Now that I am blessed with a church family of wonderful sisters, I begin to wonder what sisterhood really meant to me. This is a list that best explains why I place such value on sisterhood.
- A sister relationship offers ‘shelter’ – a safe place to go when our burdens are often too hard to bear. We’ve all had times in our lives that we needed a good cry. Sisters make the best sniffle partners. Theres nothing like a good cry to cleanse the soul. “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the laws of Christ”. -Galatians 6:2
- A sister ‘prays’ with us. When we learn to live in God’s presence, daily prayer is essential to feed our soul. Prayer chains are a good example of this. Sisters believing and praying together in one voice. “Make this your common practice confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed”. -James 5:16
- We speak words of ‘kindness’ to each other. Who doesn’t feel better when a sister compliments us or tells us how special we are to them? These are words of affirmation and are pleasing in the eyes of God. “And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God forgave you”. -Ephesians 4:32
- We ‘fellowship’ together. We do a very good job of fellowship in many forms at our church and this has resulted in ‘one big happy family’. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” -Hebrews 10:24
- We ‘serve’ others needs together. We often work together through projects to help others in need. We are called to help with benevolence. We also have a crafting class weekly to make items to share with those in need. “Blessed is he who considers the poor, The Lord will deliver them.” -Psalms 42:1
- We ‘love’ one another. How many of us know that there is a space within sisterhood for likenesses and for differences? When we are Christ centered the differences aren’t important. We learn that each others differences can be strengths that we don’t possess. “A friend loveth at all times”. -Proverbs 17:17
- We ‘laugh’ together. I think about being with a group of my sisters in a conversation and we started laughing loudly. I realized that laughter was a gift of the spirit. It evokes joy around us. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”. -Proverbs 17:22
- We give each other ‘advice’. It’s a rude awaking when we realize that we actually don’t know everything. We often go to our sisters, who we trust to give us advice. We take comforting that sharing of information. “Listen to advise and except discipline and at the end of the day you will be counted among the wise”. -Proverbs 19:20
- We give each other ‘joy’. Sisterhood is a gift of the heart. There is such a special connection between sisters. We take pleasure in doing what so many of us call ‘chick’ things together. It’s imperative that we take time for ourselves to nurture our relationships. “A happy heart is like a continual feast”. -Proverbs 15:15
- We often share ‘hospitality’ together. We love to spend time entertaining each other. This reminds me of a favorite scripture: “Let us not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained Angels without realizing it”. -Hebrews 3:2. Just the thought of standing in the presence of Angels is awe inspiring.
I heard these words once and I feel like they explain sister friendships…”Grace is a liberating quality, a required quality for family and friends. It is a wide open space, acreage full of forgiveness, humility, acceptance, safety and love”. “The grace of The Lord Jesus Christ be with you”. -Philippians 4:23