Eshet Chayil

Many years ago, I was asked this question: “If you could do anything in the world, and there were no obstacles to you doing it, what would you want to do?” My answer was and still is: “To stop children from being abused!”

I have always loathed injustice. I have always wanted to use my voice to speak out against it. I have always wanted to create that kind of difference in the world that would break the shackles of oppression, provide hope to the broken in spirit, and war on behalf of the outcast, the hungry, the downtrodden and the forgotten. It’s no secret that I was born with an activist heart.

There should never be a time when even one man, woman or child is left to starve or feel unloved. Or where the strong are permitted to abuse their power and position to afflict the weak. We were created to care for one another. We were created to love!

Injustice has many facets: it is abusive; it is destructive; it is evil. But Justice has many facets, too. Justice wars with love, compassion, empathy, mercy and a generous spirit that desires with its all to give what the weak may need to rise up from underneath all oppression. Justice is destined to triumph, because it is so deeply embedded in love. Justice will triumph – because 1 Corinthians 13:8 confirms to us that ‘love never fails’.

One of my favorite portions of Scripture is 2 Samuel 22. Here, in verse 35 we read:

 

Teaching my hands for battle, so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

My hands were created for battle; they were intended for war. They were not given for me to be idle. They were not given for me to be silent. So, in the midst of more injustice and oppression than my fragile heart can bear, I will arise: with faith at my core, compassion stirring up my conscience, courage in my bones, boldness embedded in my flesh, and with love being the fabric of the essence of my humanity. I will arise – and break out of all silence, break out of all shackles, and I will ROAR against abuse.

 

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loosen the tight cords of wrongness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to exempt the oppressed, and to break off every yoke?

 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, and cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Isaiah 58:6,7