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Devotions this week on the theme of subversive strength as seen through the women of Exodus
Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
Exodus 15:20

I recently learned that Miriam carried a drum, not a tambourine, across the sea. She wrote victory songs about God’s triumph over Pharaoh’s empire of death, she taught the women, and they led the Hebrews to the other side of freedom. She was a prophet, a public theologian, and a leader. She voiced liberation in terms people could understand, in rhythms that made them dance. (Maybe Pharaoh should have feared these women after all…)

Suggested women to read:
Lisa Sharon Harper's The Very Good Gospel
D.L. Mayfield's Assimilate or Go Home
Idelette McVicker's SheLoves Magazine
Austine Channing's Blog


Kelley Nikondeha is a practical theologian hungry for the New City.  She is the co-director and chief storyteller for Communities of Hope, a community development enterprise in Burundi. She is currently writing A Sacrament of Belonging: Graces for Transformation in a Fractured World (2017).

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