What a fun episode to record! Amma Miriam has so much to offer us and I feel like we could write a book on how amazing she was and what we can pull from her.
I, especially, want to re-iterate that we are all Miriam’s in our own unique way, called to liberate others and ourselves from the boughs of oppression. So in case anyone needs to hear this: Break the chains, be free, free others! Okay, no more of my rant.
So a couple further thoughts from after the recording:
First, the book we referenced is Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom by Kelley Nikondeha (my apologies to the author as I messed up how to pronounce her beautiful last name!)
Because I feel I have to (thanks academia!), here is the proper citation:
Nikondeha, Kelley. Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Co., 2020.
Second, Miriam’s story has many layers and she has much to teach us. We can get caught up in the fictional aspects of the story and as much as I find myself to be a critic of ancient texts, what matters is not the truth of the events but the truth of the meaning. If we allow it, the story can teach us much more about ourselves and the strength from within than whether or not the events of the story happened this way or at all. But listen to the courage, the bravery, and the inner knowing of being led from a place Greater than ourselves. Miriam teaches us to follow that path, to open ourselves up to the ability for greatness. Oh I just love her!