'...I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings...' Matthew 23:37 NIV
We hear a lot about God being our Father and Jesus being his Son. Does this mean that women are kind of spiritually sidelined? Not at all. When we speak of God as Father we don't actually mean he's a guy - it's not a reference to maleness - in fact it's nothing to do with gender at all.
And Jesus, although he did become a man in every sense of the word, could still see the world in amazingly female ways. Here's a great example. In the event of a fire on the farm a mother hen has an innate response: to gather her chicks tightly under her wings. When the fire has done its damage, all that's left is the blackened embers. Sifting through the smouldering debris afterwards you may find the charred remains of that mother hen. But if you were then to lift what's left of its matted carcass, underneath you'd find, preserved and eagerly chattering, every one of that mother hen's little brood.
In the days before his death, Jesus cried, 'O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing' (Matthew 23:37 NIV). You see, he saw the danger of the flames of the times to come, and was yearning for us to enter the protection of his embrace. Like that mother hen he made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live.
So what now? In Jesus, you are safe.
Soulfood: Exod 34:29-35, Mk 9:2-27, 2 Cor 3:7-18, 2 Cor 3:7-18