International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, cultural, economic, and political accomplishments of women, as well as a reminder that we all have an important role to play in creating a world where women are treated with dignity and respect.
As part of my celebration, today I'm meditating on author Sarah Bessey's A Prayer for International Women's Day.
"I pray that the women of your lineage of faith will inspire you. May you
know their stories in scripture and in history and in your own circles:
may you be curious about other women and amplify their influence. May
you find good leaders to follow, good leaders who will influence you,
call you out, mentor you, coach you, teach you, challenge you, push you.
Hear me now: you have not been called to the people-pleasing life, to
the approval seeking life, to the bow-down-and-give-up life or to the
sit-down-and-shut-up life. No! You have been called to the
peace-making life, the truth-telling life, the mighty in words and deeds
life, the fearless life, the she-who-the-Son-sets-free-is-free-indeed
life. You have been called to the spirit-filled and
God-breathed life so may you live out the ways of Jesus into every
corner of your womanhood, always with an eye on who is alongside of you,
ahead of you, and coming up behind you."
Grab a friend and pray through the whole thing together, & be sure to send a text to the influential women in your life, and let them know you're celebrating them today.