When women of faith gather, we are encouraged by one another. We fling the seeds of who we are into the air, confident that they will land and germinate in fertile soil to create something new.
Sometimes we are the fertile soil for fledgling women of faith. Sometimes we are the Farmers’ Almanac of experience, sharing our history and wisdom with others. Sometimes, even at my age, I find myself to be the seedling benefiting from the growth and courage of those who have gone before me and the promise of those to come.
Without God’s ongoing love and challenge, Women of the ELCA would be reduced to being an honorable benevolent organization. As a “community of women, created in the image of God,” we are called. Being created in the image of God is at the same time powerful and sacrificial. It is fertile ground and risky business. It is flinging our seeds of faith into the air, excited about the possibilities of cross-pollination. It is hope and courageous commitment.
This message is excerpted from “Reseeding and cross-pollination” by Terry L. Bowes in the March 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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