Psalm 129: The possibility of breaking the silence

On this day, June 3rd, when Argentina elevates itself once more to the chant of NI UNA MENOS, against the persistence and growth of violence against women, ALC News proposss this Biblical Rereading from thr lutheran women “Tienda Roja”. “Christ” Church, Mexican Lutheran Church, ILM.

The reading and study of the Psalms have helped us work a spiritual life which in these times of crisis helps us find ourselves again.

Our eyes of women have been surprised by seeing our lives reflected in the biblical texts.

We invite you from your heart, emotions, and feelings to reas the Psalm 129 and together be able to observe what happens in this script.

We believe it is the testimony of a woman’s life, who looks back on her life, and dares ro express in words how much she suffered. By being a gradual hymn, we consider it to be written with a sad but finally triumphant melody.


Verse 2, “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth”, are words that resonated in our ears, for this is how many of us feel, since many years ago.

Verse 3, “Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long”, our bodies and that of many women had been hurt, the marks of the pain are visible in our bodies. While reading these words we remember the violences, the loads to which we have been submitted.


Verse 4, “But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked”, everything has an end, and like in the Lord one can find freedom, the end of pain and oppression, we remember when we were able to free ourselves of situations of violence.

The possibility of breaking the silence, of running away, of understanding our confinement and to dare to cut the bond thag stopped us.

Verses 6 and 7, “May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow; a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms”, the possibility of being able to lift ourselves, yes, with our back hurt, but free and with our dignity high.

They can’t fill their arms with our bodies, nor our lives.

Oir faces have been raised and we say: “Stop! No more!”, “you have hurt me so much, but I still have enough strength so you don’t finish me”.


In our country, we have a big number of femicides, many women have fallen this year. In their name we rise ourselves straight and with our voice on high and together we yell:

Stop the murder of so many women! Stop gender based violence!

From this Psalm 129, us Lutheran Mexican women join all the voices of our women around the world to visibilize the violences, but also to express that it is possible to rise ourselves and not remain silent.

“Lets cut the yoke”, lets speak. We are not alone!!!!
“Cortemos las coyundas”, hablemos. No estamos solas!!!!

Publicado por Red de Mujeres y Justicia de Género de América Latina y el Caribe

Translation: Massimiliano Tron F

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