When you think of bold women, who come to mind? 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 active in her congregation, offering a faithful example to her children.
I think of the retiree who lends her creative skills to making quilts, offers a listening ear when delivering meals to shut-ins and prays for the confirmands in her congregation.
I think of the woman who faithfully writes, calls and texts her elected officials, challenging them to remember those living in poverty, those who are hungry, those who need health care.
If we know anything about being bold, it’s that there are many ways of acting boldly on our faith in Jesus Christ. And few among us accomplish our bold acts all by ourselves. We live in community, and it is that community that supports us, calling us into boldness.
This is adapted from “A different kind of bold,” written by Linda Post Bushkofsky, that appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of Gather. Bold Women’s Day is celebrated tomorrow, annually on the fourth Sunday in February. Today we remember Elizabeth Fedde, deaconess, who died in 1921.