Women of courage like you and me boldly live ordinary lives of pain and promise. We make difficult decisions: whether to move, to have children, to flee abuse, to begin an adventure or trust in God. Sometimes our expression of courage is to endure and survive in the face of want, danger, injustice, deceit, betrayal or despair. Our God, who has lived the pain and promise of ordinary life, walks with us in our choices.
Today we remember Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, who died in 604. This message is adapted from “Sarah and Hagar” written by Beverly J. Stratton in the January/February 2000 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.