Tamar’s Robe

Hello all! So April, not only the month of Camp NaNoWriMo, is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and one of the devotions I’m working on focuses specifically on named and unnamed women of the Bible. Today’s reading was on the story of Tamar, the daughter of David, who was raped by her own step-brother because he lusted after her beauty. Hers is a heartbreaking tale, not only for the brutalization that she faced but because, even though her father believed her, she was not immediately vindicated. Each of my devotions in this series has a corresponding group activity. The activity for this particular lesson is to create Tamar’s Robe.

Each person involved will take a piece of brightly colored paper and write the name of a woman on it, any woman. The names will be pinned onto a square of cloth.

Why?

“Naming is important. To be named is to be known and identified, to take one’s place. To be named is to have dignity. By naming women past, present, and future, we invite women and their stories into this space. By writing these names we honor all women’s stories, their joys as well as their pains.”

I would like to make a Tamar’s Robe to present to my local community in the month of April. If anyone would like to add the names of women they would like to recognize onto the robe, then simply send them as a response/reply to this post or the follow-up post which will be the original devotional and the link to the devotionals website. Once the Robe is finished, I will post a picture of it for everyone to see. 🙂

Original Devotion credited to mennoniteusa.org,

Editor
Hilary Jerome Scarsella

Contributing Writers
Caitlin Michelle Desjardins
Sandra Perez
Hilary Jerome Scarsella
Sylvia Shirk
Regina Shands Stoltzfus
Vonetta Storbakken
Cynthia R. Wallace

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