Our scripture this morning is Proverbs 31:25-26.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

These words speak of a woman who relies on God and uses her gifts well. There are many passages in scripture that tell us of women who have made a difference to our faith. Two books of the Bible, Ruth and Esther, are named for women who displayed courage and compassion for people. 

We remember Mary, the mother of Jesus, who said yes without hesitation to God sending His Son. She responded “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38) even though the task He gave her would cause shame in the beginning and anguish later as she watched her son die. When we say yes to God, we accept His plan and His path, not our own.

However, for every woman that is named in our history, there are millions who live lives of devotion to God and care for those around them with little fanfare. They have nurtured and taught generations, showing us how to love God and one another. Today, remember those women who have been the mothers of us all.

Gracious God, thank You for Your love, shown to us in many ways. Make us strong in our faith to share it with all the world. Amen.

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