Who comes to mind when you think about bold women? Often it’s a woman who has made a big difference in a very public way, but a quieter kind of bold can sometimes go unnoticed. I think of the single mom who’s devoted to her children and a good employee too. She’s a bold woman.
I think of the retiree who lends her creative skills to making quilts and prays for the confirmands in her congregation. She’s a bold woman. I think of the caring soul who faithfully writes, calls, and texts her elected officials, challenging them to remember those living in poverty, those who are hungry, those who are in need of health care. She’s a bold woman.
Our mission as Women of the ELCA is mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Today, on Bold Women’s Day, we celebrate the many ways of being bold and acting on our faith in Jesus Christ. And few among us accomplish our bold acts all by ourselves. We live in community that supports us, calling us into boldness. That’s what we celebrate today.
This is adapted from “A different kind of bold,” written by Linda Post Bushkofsky, that appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of Gather. Today is the second Sunday in Lent and Bold Women’s Day.