Have you ever thought about Mary as a bold woman? Our Advent memories of Mary’s song of justice have not waned so much that we can’t appreciate her boldness. During Epiphany Mary persists, caring for the infant Jesus as visitors follow the star to find the Savior. How extraordinary is Mary’s faith, acceptance and willingness to serve! Her vision of God’s world foretells the bold landscape that her son Jesus ushers in.
Bold women are a part of our faith’s genealogy, e.g., the woman at the well, the persistent widow, the women at the tomb, and those certain women who supported Jesus and the disciples. Within Women of the ELCA we celebrate bold women the fourth Sunday of February every year, on Bold Women’s Day.
Find the liturgy and scripts at welca.org/bwd.
This message is excerpted from “Celebrating bold women” by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the January/February issue of Gather magazine. Today is the seventh Sunday after Epiphany and Bold Women’s Day. Please pray for synodical women’s organization presidents as they travel home today from their annual meeting in Chicago.
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