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Unbinding Women: Purpose, Identity and Courage

Author: Katy Kettner

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Unbinding Women: Purpose, Identity and Courage

Physiotherapist Katy Kettner underlines the dignity of women as daughters of God-and the struggle many women experience in realising this.

Working in women’s health, I am growing to understand the beautiful complexities and raw struggles we face as women, and feel a calling to talk about them.

The first struggle is a lack of empowerment. Many women seem to have lost a sense of confidence in their bodies. What appears as a disconnection and lack of trust for our physical matter, our vessel, has led to a lack of enabling.

It appears there is little understanding of ‘self’; we are strangers to ourselves. Education is a great tool for empowering people to understand, and we understand something when we learn about it.

In my experience, knowledge of the human body empowers people towards an understanding of themselves, and therefore of God.

Science and the Sacred

God gave us science so that we may understand.

God is the source of all knowledge, therefore when we talk science, we bring God honour. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor? For from him and through him and for him are all things.“ (Romans 11:33,34,36)

Science and the sacred have the same author, and I believe a collaboration of both is necessary to develop a healthy ethic and theology of the physical human body.

I have seen amazing changes in people after a half-hour session where I concentrate on solely educating them about their body, helping them to understand and know  their pain. Only then can they begin to grasp the truth that their bodies are good: “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

Our bodies are cleverer than we think they are-God only makes good things- and we need less than we think we do. My job is to work with  women and their bodies, not to purge their bodies.

A Big Universal Purpose For Women

A lack of empowerment and confidence brings me to the struggle with our identity as women.

The Old Testament can offer many insights into God’s love and calling for women. I truly believe God has a big universal purpose for women, designing us perfectly for a very particular mission in building His kingdom.

I am inspired by the warrior spirit of Deborah and what this idea of a woman warrior entails. This woman warrior seems to display very non-dualistic characteristics; she was strong, bold and fiery,  yet also described as ‘mother of Israel’ (Judges 5:7).

To be called a 'mother' of some description would imply a nurturing, caring nature, as opposed to a tough, rough warrior. However, I think what appear opposite descriptions of her character are, in fact, very intentional. As women, our mothering nature makes us warriors.

Warriors Of Love

The world needs to mother and be mothered and God accomplishes this through women. We are in fact gentle and  bold, tender and  fiery, fearful yet  brave, timid yet  strong. It is in the sheer essence of our femininity that our force is created.

Deborah’s confidence and understanding of self enabled her to know her purpose and identity. She was not in competition with other women, but stood for them and celebrated them.

The victories of other women were her victories (Judges 5). As a result, Deborah brought peace to the land (Judges 5:31).

By our physiological, biological and spiritual configuration, women are warriors of love, committed to the survival and wholeness of an entire people, and to building the Kingdom of God. “Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the Lord; I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.” (Judges 5:3)

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