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April 10th, 2012 3:06 pm

Eva Dannehol

A group of men came, and they interrupted our talk.

I think they had been to town to get him something to eat.
After the men had come, there was no way to continue our conversation, so I went.
I just couldn’t stand there waiting.
The talk we had begun had got so much moving inside me. He had told me everything I’ve done; “You’ve been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband”, said he. I heard his words, felt his judgement and waited for him to reject me.
But he just looked at me. He looked at me – and I completely lost my thread. What suddenly struck me was the thing I’d been thinking over without having anyone to discuss it with.
I didn’t think about who I was or who he was. I just said to him, “My Samaritan ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God”. And he answered me. I said something about the Messiah, and he said: “I am he, I who am talking with you”.
Yes, maybe he is the Messiah… Come and see!

I believe in Jesus,
who discussed theology
with a woman by a well
and who confided first to her
that he was the Messiah
and who made her go back to town,
and tell the people there about her new experience.


– Taken from the 1981 publications “Woman Power”, a thematic handbook put together by the WSCF Europe women’s project. It explored women’s perceptions of power, not only the fear and distaste of it, but how women can be liberating in faith in a free and freeing God.

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