As the sun peeks through the clouds, as the world opens – wherever you are – I want you to know that you are loved. Today is a beautiful day. A day of pride and celebration of who you are as a woman, of who you are as God’s creation, of who you are as a shining soul sewn together in perfection and love.
Today is a day that you must slow down and realize that no matter how far you have strayed from God’s love, no matter how many mistakes you have made, no matter how lost or lonely you feel in this moment – you are loved, always loved by our Creator.
God is looking down on you today. He watches over you every day, tries to guide your steps, longs to pull you closer to Him, but you resist. We all do. We all want to write our own paths. We all want to tell our own stories. We all want to know Him, but we’re too scared to give over the reins completely.
But He still loves us. He still loves you.
He still reaches out His hand, hoping that you’ll set aside your fear and anxiety, your resistance and stubbornness and let Him calm you with His presence. He still stands beside you, hoping that one day you’ll quit trying to control what you simply can’t, and you’ll let Him guide your way.
Today we celebrate what it means to be women – all our colors and races and beliefs and bodies and brains. Today we stand together. Today we remember. Today we laugh and smile and sing. Today we fight, and keep on fighting for all we still have to accomplish.
But today, I want to remind you that God is here. He is fighting with you and for you. He is standing at your shoulder, by your side, in front of you, ready to take the first bullet. He is your biggest supporter, your strongest soldier. He is your front line, your go-to, your Father, your Savior.
He wants you to know that you are imperfect, and this is okay. He wants you to know that you are a woman, and you are strong and powerful and lovely and delicate and made exactly the way you are for a reason. He wants you to know you are loved.
He wants you to know that there is still so much work to do for the rights of you, and your fellow women. But He isn’t done.
I know it’s hard to believe that God is watching over us. I know it seems crazy that He’s really listening, really here when there’s so much racism and sexism and abuse and pain. When there are so many wonderful women who are struggling to find their voices, who feel oppressed or alone, who are searching for answers and coming up empty. When it doesn’t seem like He’s listening at all.
But He is.
He’s fighting below the surface. He’s changing hearts and minds in ways we cannot see or comprehend. And even when we feel the most alone, when we feel like no one’s listening and our prayers are simply floating into the sky, He’s there. He’s always there.
So my sisters in Christ, please do not lose faith. Do not lose your fight. We have so much work to do for one another, so many battles to face, so many dreams and beliefs to push for.
We cannot give up. And we cannot believe He has given up on us.
We must love one another. We must strive to understand one another. We must stop judging and labeling and thinking we know someone else’s struggle if we haven’t experienced it. We must open, rather than form opinions. We must pray, rather than only rely on our human strength to save us.
We must know that God loves us – each of us – and allow His light to shine through us, to bring us together, today and always.
We must remember who we are, but more importantly, who our Creator is. And anything we face, any obstacle that stands in the way is never too big for the God we serve.