March is Women’s History Month, where we remember and honor trailblazing women. Their examples give women everywhere hope and inspiration, but they can also be daunting. What about the rest of us? Are we no less bold, courageous, or inspirational?
In Hope in the Dark, her manifesto on acting boldly, author Rebecca Solnit writes, “In Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of boat owners rescued people… None of them said, I can’t rescue everyone, therefore it’s futile; therefore, my efforts are flawed and worthless…”
We can’t all rescue everyone. We won’t all end up on the evening news for acts of valor or have our stories shared on International Women’s Day, but we can all be bold enough to get in our “boats”—to be on the lookout for those who need us.
This women’s history month, let’s not only celebrate Katie Luther, Amelia Earhart, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg but women everywhere who are bold enough to hear God calling and follow wherever they are led.
This message is excerpted from “Are you bold enough to hear God’s calling and answer it?” by Sarah Carson from the March 8, 2021, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate George Herbert, hymnwriter, 1633.
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