Women in Scripture who inspire us through acts of courage, love and faith.
Posted in , Mar 13, 2019
March is an important month for all women. First, it is Women's History Month, highlighting the contributions of women to history and contemporary society. On March 8, we celebrate International Women's Day to recognize social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
As we celebrate this month, we must also keep in mind the many inspirational women throughout the Bible. These women—both named and unnamed—have impacted my spiritual development through faith, courage, actions and words.
In the Hebrew Scripture, I’m drawn to Esther, an orphan raised by her uncle and who overcame many challenges. Eventually, she was providentially placed by God in the King’s palace. She displayed courage and political astuteness to prevent the genocide of her Jewish community. When in need of courage, Esther inspires me.
In the Gospel, I'm drawn to the story of the woman who goes unnamed. She had an illness with no medical solution for 12 years. When she heard that Jesus was in her town, she decided to visit him. She believed that in touching the hem of Jesus’ tunic, she would be healed. And she was. Her faith, determination and relentless hope serve as a reminder that everything is possible when we believe.
There are many women throughout the Bible who can lift us up. They teach us how to face and overcome the odds and keep our focus on God. As we remember all the women who have shaped and made a difference in our world, let us keep in mind these inspirational women from the Bible.
Lord, thank you for the women of the Bible and their stories of faith, courage and determination that continue to inspire us to live for You.