by Kelly Pelton (written 20 July 2022)

If the value of the vessel is the greatness dwelling within,
the value of the vessel to others is greatness expressed;
we speak for God by the indwelling Holy Spirit,
unless by the church our voices are repressed.

If women can't speak for God, they are worth less
than men for the building up of trust in God,
worth less to the church though not to Him
upon whose daughters His sons have long trod.

Intrinsic worth is ours, ladies, equal
to the worth of men, but when kept from using our gifts
to edify all of the congregation, our value
to others is lessened by this culture of gender rifts.