WHO ARE THE WOMEN you know who belonged right up there with the twelve and “some women” in their devotion to following Jesus and helping proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God?
The first woman who comes to my mind is my mother, Maggie Leola Wright. Her devotion wasn’t just the sit-down-and-pray kind (although prayer and worship were an important and integral part of her life); her devotion was also expressed in an active, following-in-Jesus’-footsteps way.
She, with my father, the Rev. Arthur Jerome Wright, welcomed twelve foster children into our home, created and ran a home for the aged, loved the left-out, and bound up the brokenhearted. In the segregated South of my childhood, they worked hard so that every child knew himself or herself to be a beloved child of God. …
[My mother’s] life was a picture of what it looks like when we really live out the inclusive, enormously loving, always forgiving good news of Christ with faithfulness and generosity. Think of those you celebrate who, like her, have lived lives in faithful response to that call. And then ponder how you can evermore faithfully follow Jesus like the twelve and “some women.”
– Marian Wright Edelman
From page 176 of The Upper Room Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions 2010. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Give thanks for the women who have shaped your faith. Share your thoughts.
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:24, NRSV
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