What does it mean to be a sister? To some, the word sister is simply a female sibling. Some think of a religious sister. For a long time, that’s what I thought too.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my sisters, I always have, and I always will, but it never registered in my head what it meant to be a sister, what it meant to be a part of a sisterhood. I have learned that a sisterhood is a group of women who support one another, care for one another, listen to one another, and love one another, and do it all as sisters in Christ. It was something I did not expect, but has been one of the biggest surprises that God had for me this year!

I came into this year knowing three things: that I was going to meet new people, learn new things, and that nothing was going to be what I expected (not only am I living out of a suitcase, COVID tends to throw a wrench in how things usually work!). Little did I know how much that first one was going to affect me: meeting new people.

I knew I was going to get to know my sisters, but I didn’t realize the beauty of the vulnerability that we would share. I knew I was going to get close with my sisters, but I didn’t realize just how close to me they would be when I was going through a hard day. I knew they would be loving, but I didn’t realize just how generous that love would be. 

And yet, here I am. When I am having an internal mental battle about something, there is a sister there to talk me through it. When I am struggling, there is always a sister there to be with me through it. And once, when I was dead tired after a long and exhausting day, they let me go to bed while they stayed up with the host family.

Most of all, they always love me, even when I don’t think I need it. It is hard sometimes to receive love. Oftentimes I  asked, “Hey, can I carry your guitar?” My initial reaction is to say no, because I am perfectly capable of doing it by myself. Then I realize that it is simply their way of trying to love me. So I say “Sure!” In doing so, I am able to receive the love they are giving, and love them in return. 

That, my friends, is the beauty of sisterhood. That is the beauty of a sister. She is not just a sibling. She is a light of Christ who does everything in her power to love and love constantly. So I call you, all women reading this, to be a true sister to all you meet, and to thank all of the women who are sisters to you. I call you, men reading this, to identify what it means to be a brother. I can’t, because I am not one. But identify what it means to be a brother, and be one. 

For what are we, my friends, but brothers and sisters in Christ?

So I say, may Jesus Christ shower blessings and graces upon you, brothers and sisters!

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