Women of the ELCA Blog


God’s handiwork everywhere »

My husband and I just got back from a relaxing vacation in a little cottage Up North, the woods and waters of the upper Great Lakes states. During that week, I saw God’s handiwork everywhere—in the high limestone bluffs that lean over the sapphire-blue waters of the bay and in the dark cedars

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How are you vulnerable? »

by Megan Jones

I am a strong woman. I have a tattoo to prove it. On my inner right wrist are the characters for “strong woman” in Kanji that remind me every day of who I am, who I long to be. I am independent and even a little stubborn.

It is hard for me to

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Go ahead, ask a stupid question »

Today you are free, even encouraged, to ask a “stupid question.” Why? Because it’s “Ask a Stupid Question Day,” which teachers in the 1980s created to get students to ask more questions. I wonder if some teachers are now warning, “Be careful what you wish for?”

In my job, I sometimes think every day

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Consider the loveliness in your life »

“Life has loveliness to sell… All beautiful and splendid things…”

This opening line from Sara Teasdale’s poem “Barter” has been a staple in my life since I was a little girl. One of my mother’s favorites, she would quote it to us often when we would come upon a breeze rustling the leaves

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News flash: Words do harm »

“Sticks and Stones” is a children’s rhyme that encourages “the victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation and to remain calm and good-natured,” according to Wikipedia.

The online encyclopedia reports that “Sticks and Stones” first appeared in the March 1862 issue of The Christian Recorder, a publication

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Marking seasons »

You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting (Psalm 104:19).

On September 23 at 3:21 CT, we officially begin autumn. In Minnesota where I live, we enter a period with fewer than than 12 hours of sunlight.

For many of us, the shrinking hours of light

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Give someone a hug today »

by Amy Jandrisevits

If I asked for a show of hands, I’m guessing that many of us, over the course of the last week, have laughed out loud (LOL’d), cyber-hugged someone or smiled via emoticons (those cute faces made with punctuation marks).

We probably did this without leaving our computer because those don’t require face-to-face contact,

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How are you a blessing? »

by Barbara Berry-Bailey

There was a man who was poor his entire childhood. As a young man, he studied and worked hard to achieve the things he never had as a boy. In time, he had all that he always wanted: a loving family (with all the dynamics that come with family), a beautiful home,

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