March is a busy month. It contains no less than 40 recognitions and celebrations. It is ironic that the month is named after Martius, the Greek God of war, and this year on the 27th of March, Christians will celebrate the Good News in the resurrection of the Prince of Peace.
One of the recognitions is Women’s Month, and March 8th is International Women’s Day. It is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the contributions of women, as they serve as an anchor to our families. Women have blazed a path of contribution and success in many areas including education, business, medicine, science, civil rights, and the politics. But for Christians, women are recognized for their contributions in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The women begin with Eve in the Garden of Eden to Mary, Mother of Jesus, as she and other women supported His ministry and carried Him from the Cross. Mary wrapped Jesus in “swaddling” clothes as a baby, and women cleaned and wrapped Him in the tomb.
The women at Rust United Methodist Church are no exception. We have terrific women doing wonderful Christian things. Not only serving as “Rocks” in the life of our this church, but Rust women are anchoring their homes and families.
Women play an important role in all of our lives, from life giver to care giver – mothers, wives, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, daughters-in-laws, and granddaughters. Personally, while I loved my dad, he and the men were the physical strength in our family; the women were the real anchors. The women seemed to always be there, in the good times and the bad times. My mother wiped the tears away and bandaged the injured fingers, after dad said, “it will be ok, wipe it off, and get back in the game”. And with seven granddaughters, I have developed an increased awareness of the future that rests in the spirit and abilities of our young women. With all due respect to my “brothers”, an African Proverbs says, “if you educate a man you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a family”.
We cannot isolate and fully recognize the contributions of our women to just one month. It is important for everyone, especially men to take a moment to reflect on the gifts that women give, and continue to give, and protect them….. and say thank you.