1 Corinthians 15:10 (msg)
“But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste.”
Henrieta was sharing the other day that in Slovakia they do not have a Mother’s Day, as we do in the United States, they have a Women’s Day. When I looked up different mother’s day traditions, I found that on March 8th there’s an International Day of Women. Not just a day for mothers, but one for ALL women, a movement for equality and gender parity in a world that sadly devalues women.
In the United States we have our national Mother’s Day holiday in May, with all of the energy and commercialism that surrounds it, the cards, flowers and candies, brunches etc. Interestingly enough the person who actually founded Mother’s Day, ended up boycotting it because of the commercialism stating that it was supposed to be about love and gratitude not store bought cards and candy.
Keeping all of this in mind I keep coming back to the idea of a Women’s Day. Many women I know are mothers, all of us have mothers. I also have female friends and relatives that do not have children either by circumstance or by choice. They are amazing women and should be lifted up and honored for all of their hard work, all that they accomplish and all of the lives they touch, all of the love they give. These women are some of the most dynamic women you could ever meet.
I choose to use the word dynamic to describe women because the definition of dynamic is energetic, effective action, forceful, all strong and powerful words. Words that describe the person that we have been created to be. So I am choosing to make today, Mother’s Day, into a Women’s Day. A day about all of the women in my life, past, present and future, to all of you I give thanks and I lift you up in a prayer of gratitude and a hope that you accomplish everything that God created you for.
Here’s to dynamic women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them!