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My faith community purposefully set itself up in the 60s as non-gender biased – quite a statement in the conservative setting of the times. It did not matter whether it was male or female that performed ministry functions among us and there continues to be no distinction at all levels of leadership.

This does not suppress us from expressing levity at each other’s expense, however.

As prayer has come up on the blog several times this week, I offer this contribution from one of those viral emails that do the rounds and that arrived in my inbox from one of my long-suffering flock this morning:

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river.

Needing to get to  other side, the first man prayed: ‘ God, please give me the strength to cross the river. ‘
Poof!!!   God gave him big arms and strong legs…and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: ‘God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river.’
Poof!!! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs… and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: ‘God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river’

Poof!!!

HE WAS TURNED INTO A WOMAN!!!

She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards upstream… and walked across the bridge.

And I have just demonstrated the largesse and tolerance (if not intelligence) sometimes attributed to my gender by reprinting it here !!!

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