March Devotion: Prophecies and visions

Acts 1:16-18, 21

[Peter said to the crowds,] “This is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. . . . Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”

“Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” is the United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day on March 8. How would the world look if women and girls everywhere could claim their rights and put their gifts to use for the benefit of all?

Close your eyes and imagine it. Think of every baby girl being as cherished as every baby boy. Every girl going as far in her education as she can, just like her brothers. Every woman--and every man--treated with fairness and justice throughout life, in every realm of life. What a wonderful vision!

We often retell the stories of trailblazing women leaders on International Women’s Day and throughout March, Women’s History Month. We can add to our observations by giving generously both to support women in crisis and to raise up women leaders.

Our gifts to Women of the ELCA: Grants support innovative programs in the United States that serve women seeking to lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. We can nurture women leaders in the United States with gifts to Women of the ELCA: Scholarships, and we can help raise up women leaders around the world by giving through Women of the ELCA to ELCA International Leaders: Women. Let us act to bring about the vision we just enjoyed.

Let us pray.

O God, you who reveal yourself in visions and prophecy, pour out your Spirit of wisdom and justice upon the peoples of the earth. Let all your beloved people – women, men, girls, and boys – rejoice together in your lovingkindness and act with generosity to bring about your reign of peace. This we ask through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Past devotions:
February Devotion: Giving thanks for Bold Women
January Devotion: Treasure chest
November Devotion: What's at stake?

October Devotion: Turn again. Have regard.
September Devotion: The ways of God
August Devotion: To judge like Deborah
June Devotion: How do you receive?