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Jenny on the Blessing of Bent

Updated: Feb 29

This piece is titled, "Postures that prepare us" and is posted in full at: https://anabaptistworld.org/postures-that-prepare-us/


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To prepare for his arrival [on Earth, Jesus] had to assume not an upright position but a bent one. And bend he did, into the -tiniest of seeds in a woman’s dark womb.


When the time came for his departure, Jesus bent yet again. “Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father” (John 13:1). So what did he do? He bent low to the ground — into the shape not of seed but slave — and washed his disciples’ feet in an act of love.


In a devotional I read, the author said God is bent on loving us. She meant that God is determined to love God’s people.


But the word rang in my ears differently. I heard it in reference to the ways God loves us: by bending and descending, by lowering and leaning in.


We serve an upright God who is bent on bending. Bent on loving us. And who has a bent for the bent ones. A bent for the burdened ones. A bent for the ones brought low.

In a devotional I read, the author said God is bent on loving us. She meant that God is determined to love God’s people.


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Click through for the full article including an introduction explaining why Jenny was thinking about posture and an inspiring closing listing gospel examples of bending and stooping and why this unlikely blessing is good news: https://anabaptistworld.org/postures-that-prepare-us/


Jenny Gehman

MW USA East Coast Regional Representative

Writer, Retreat Speaker + Spiritual Director at jennygehman.com


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Mennonite Women USA values what all women have to say and Women's Voices blog is a space to honor their words. Posts are reviewed for tolerance and respect but don't necessarily reflect MW USA's official position.

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