Author Susan Taylor says,
“Loving is our strongest human need. In our effort to satisfy our deepest craving, we regularly look outside ourselves to find a person to love. Don’t you love being in love? I know I do. I’ve invested more time and energy in love relationships than I have in most other things. But a relationship with another person will never satisfy our hunger for love.
Each of us is created in and of love. God loves us. God is love in us. Each of us is the very activity of love. We have all the love we need to love everyone and everything.”
So, how can one person, a mother, engage her daughters in a ritual that causes so much physical and psychological pain?
“LENKISEM, Kenya — The first-time cutting season came around, Nice and her older sister ran away and hid all night in a tree. The second time, her sister refused to hide.
For Maasai families, the cutting ceremony is a celebration that transforms girls into women and marks daughters as eligible brides. But to 8-year-old Nice, it seemed like a threat: She’d be held down by bigger, stronger women, and her clitoris would be cut. She’d bleed, a lot. Most girls fainted. Some died.”1
However, all is not lost.
Nov. 21, 2018
More than two decades ago, Congress adopted a sweeping law that outlawed female genital mutilation, an ancient practice that 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone. But a federal court considering the first legal challenge to the statute found the law unconstitutional on Tuesday, greatly diminishing the chances of it being used by federal prosecutors around the country.
A federal judge in Michigan issued the ruling.
Today, two compassionate, courageous, committed, authentic women who through their experiences will shed new light into a historically dark existence. They will help you listen beyond their words, the concepts, the pain, and into the needed solutions. They are courageous survivors and ambassadors of truth.
Welcome, Angela Peabody and F.A. Cole to Frankly Speaking.
1https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/advice/a6504/female-genital-mutilation-survivor-stories/Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.