by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

Women: A Work in Progress
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Luke 8:1-3, Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, John 19:25, John 20:1-8, John 4:1-42

The Bible is full of stories of women doing great and mighty things. They were women of faith. Women who were shrewd who knew how to get things done, women who put their lives, families and business on the line for their work for the Lord and His servants. We find women in both the Old and New Testaments in every role from poets to prophets.

The prophetess, Anna, widowed at an early age, spent the major part of her life in the temple where she worshipped with fasting and prayer. She gave thanks to God and spoke of Him to all who sought the redemption of Jerusalem (Luke 2:36-38).

The poor widow is better known in history than is the richest man in Jerusalem. Her gift, so small it would not buy a loaf of bread, was so large, so unselfishly given that through its influence hospitals have been built and the needy helped, the hungry fed and encouragement given to those in prison (Mark 12:41-44).

There were the women who were friends of Jesus, and the many women of the early church who worked along side Paul.

There is the continuing story of Priscilla, the wife of Aquila, both tentmakers, who even though she had to manage a household and weave tent cloth, she was a thorough student of the Gospel. She enlarged the limited superficial knowledge of the new Christian faith to Apollos, a great teacher in his own right. No superficial convert herself, she was determined that this eminent man should be a well-informed, inspired man of the Gospel (Acts 18:24-28). She was willing to make sacrifices in spreading the Gospel and was not afraid of the persecution that was to be faced.

Historical facts attest to Priscilla's fame. Tertullias records, ''By the holy Prisca, the gospel is preached'' (All the Women of the Bible by Edith Deen). One of the oldest catacombs of Rome, a church in Rome and various monuments in Rome are named in her hono ...

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