So many of our Women of the ELCA ministries occur in small groups, often referred to as circles.
I saw this “circle story” on Facebook: A young mother and toddler were in an airport, waiting to board a flight. The child was having a meltdown. The mom, pregnant and traveling alone with the toddler, sat down on the floor and cried, her toddler lying beside her, kicking and screaming. Six or seven women – strangers to the woman and each other – slowly came and sat down beside the woman and child, forming a circle around them. One sang a calming song to the child. One offered water, another offered an orange and yet another offered the child a little toy. Mom and child soon calmed down and they were able to board their plane. My favorite line from the Facebook post, written by one of the women in the circle was: “It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world.” You know that to be true, don’t you?
This message is excerpted from “Holy circles” by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the June 2018 Gather magazine.
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