There is a term in carpentry called Sistering. It’s when a ceiling or floor joist - the wood - becomes too weak to handle the load that is put upon it. The builder, to save the structure from collapsing, will strengthen the joist by putting a new piece of wood next to it and fastening them together, tightly with nails and glue. Sometimes the structure is so weak that two new joists are needed, one on each side, all fastened together. These new pieces of wood are called sister joists and the process of holding up the weak piece of wood is called Sistering.
Let’s consider that Sistering process as it relates to women. Whether a woman is the floor – the foundation of her family, or the ceiling - the covering in her marriage, women have carried the load and endured the storm of life since the beginning of time. But sometimes the pressure of the load gets so heavy, sometimes the wind and rain of storms cause such severe damage that the stability of our lives is weakened, and our very foundation threatens collapse. Any more weight, one more storm, and we’ll break. That’s when we need the process of Sistering. and the purpose of Sistering Sisters.
This is where we sister joists come together to sister each other, to stand side by side, fastened together, holding each other up, relieving the pressure, and preventing our sisters from breaking.