March 8, 2017
March 8 is known as International Women's Day. But what is it about?
This is from the ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: “…we celebrate and support the God-given gifts of women and recommit ourselves to seek justice for women who are suffering in our midst and in communities around the world.”
And this from Bishop Jessica Crist of the MT Synod ELCA:
While it isn't an official holiday in the United States, it is in some 27 other countries. International Women's Day was instituted in 1977 by the United Nations as a way to encourage and empower women across [the] globe. It is a day, also, dedicated to celebrating women's achievements throughout history and across nations. Each year there is a theme associated with the day. This year it is “Women in the Changing World of Work.”
Having recently been to a Fair Trade event, which supports fair wages for women, I am reminded it is vital to advocate for women around the world.
And because there are many we know who are suffering, this from the Moravian Daily Prayer seems especially appropriate:
O God of all comfort and grace, be especially near to those who are suffering from illness and pain. May their souls and bodies be flooded with the light that penetrates our deepest darkness. Send your healing presence this day. Amen.