Today, be inspired by these words shared by young women at the ELCA Youth Gathering:
- My relationships with other women bless my life by giving me strength in tough times, lifting me up and supporting me on an everyday basis. My relationships with women also give me energy and make me feel important. They are the first to offer love and true support during a crisis. They are also the ones that celebrate the loudest when we have a miracle to be thankful for.
- They have mentored me. Prayed me though pain. Taught me about my body. Helped me laugh. Cried with me. Hugged me when I was in pain.
- It always seems like a blessing when women of all ages come along, strike up a conversation, and we find we have a lot in common. Church relationships come to mind — relationships with older women that have known me my whole life and have watched me grow. Even if they don’t know it, these women help me learn to be a kind woman like them.
- Relationships with women help me feel confident in my ability to reach for my dreams and achieve.
This message is adapted from a Women of the ELCA blog post from the 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering.