Within Women of the ELCA, we have a long tradition of drawing on support from one another. It’s what Martin Luther referred to as “mutual consolation.” In our congregational groups, we have walked together through cancer, divorce, death, job loss, and more. We have mentored each other in the faith. We have celebrated births, graduations, new jobs, and other milestones, large and small. And we have done all of this while immersed in God’s word, month in, month out.
Now is the time to rely heavily on one another. Here are a few ways to offer each other mutual consolation.
- Pray for each other.
- Begin with a telephone call to check in on a sister in Christ.
- Those who use newer technology can gather your group together via FaceTime, Zoom, or another electronic option. You can hold a Bible study in those settings.
- Participate in our social media communities. They are ways to gather virtually. Within Facebook, we have a Women of the ELCA community, one centered on Gather magazine and another on Café.
However you do it, now is the time to support one another in community.
This message is an excerpt from “Supporting your community of women, virtually” a Women of the ELCA article by Linda Post Bushkofsky. Today we remember John XXIII, bishop of Rome, who died in 1963, and the Martyrs of Uganda, who died in 1886.