Women’s History

Last day. Normally a time to look back over our history and reflect on how far we have come. Today I want to look at some living sheros doing things that show that women don’t retire or sit around waiting patiently for things to happen.

This week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated her 80th birthday. I am pretty sure she did not think she would spend the 80th year of her life battling a lunatic who had been elected president. She has represented the 12th District in California, San Francisco area for 30 years. She is in her third term as Speaker of the House.

Many of us can testify to grandmothers or aunts who reach this age and continue to work diligently for the family. She is living something many of us believe, which is that the work never ends, only we do.

In the midst of this pandemic another woman who stands out to me is Yamiche Alcindor, a White House correspondent for PBS Newshour, has been covering the President during the crisis. Also a contributor to NBC and MSNBC, she has found herself at the end of the president’s wrath because of her because she asked the tough questions. Alcindor didn’t show a tiredness of his berating her, but continues to do her job.

An experienced reporter, she has also worked for the New York Times and USA Today. Alcindor has this amazing stamina to keep on fighting the good fight. It is easy to cheer for someone doing good work.

Speaking of good work, there is a woman that blew my mind. During a time of crisis in our nation she reached out to people and helped them where they hurt. Their pocketbooks. On social media Roxane Gay has repeatedly given cash donations to people who are affected by the pandemic.

She would start a tweet with leave your venmo here is you could $100 for whatever. You didn’t have to say why. Gay is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, author of several books and university professor. Yt as you can see one thing does not describe her or any other these women.

I can say these women have done things I have not see men in their positions do. I am encouraged by their stamina. I am inspired by their strength and depth. I am proud to belong to their gender.

Women’s History Month

Acknowledging some of the great things women have done throughout history is a privilege and obligation. We tend to take their journeys for granted and tend to discount their struggles.

Lets think about some women who had incredible faith. It is through their faith they changed their lives. It is those moments when they were the most frightened that they made decisions that sent them toward their destiny.

Mary the mother of Jesus was a young girl when God approached her, but she did not shrink back. I am sure when the angel began telling her about carrying a baby and naming him Jesus she didn’t comphrehent all of what was being said.

And you know, I might have said yes at first, but when things started getting rough like people talking about my pregnancy or Joseph wanting to get rid of me, I would have said “hold up!”

I would have started negotiating before Jesus as born. Lord, I will give birth to him, but then someone else is going to take over, right? Cause I don’t think I am going to be able to do this.

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No, Mary the mother of Jesus was faithful. She believed that God would turn her hard spaces into something pleasant. She didn’t understand what God was doing, but she went with it.

She didn’t beat Jesus with a stick when he stayed at the temple instead of getting in the caravan and coming home like she told him. I am pretty sure she was hot when she send the other kids to get Jesus, and he said those other people were his family. But she showed him. She joined that group and followed him all the way to the cross.

Mary is a great example of how to trust God when you have no idea what you are doing. When an angel comes to talk to you about a child that is called wonderful, and other people show up at your space with gifts, you expect amazing things.

The Lord did not disappoint. Neither did Mary.