International Women’s Day
Scripture: Romans 10:8b-13
Today marks the First Sunday of Lent, a season of reflection and preparation for Easter, as well as an opportunity to acknowledge the faults we have and to face adversity.
Our reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans today emphasizes how salvation is for everyone. Therefore, we say that Jesus is for everyone; His love, His hope, and His peace are for everyone.
The members of CWM are aware that injustices and inequalities have plagued our communities for centuries, and so often especially in the western world, scripture has been weaponized to endorse injustice by saying some are valued more than others.
As a result of the good work of the CWM and its members, we have seen inequalities and injustice highlighted so that we can correct them. CWM has brought attention to issues of gender equality and legacies of slavery and started dialogue of redemption that so many people are seeking. Some of us have been a part of the conversations while some of us have been victims.
This Sunday, we mark International Women’s Day in a world where gender inequalities are a daily struggle.
According to the International Women’s Day website (IWD), the theme for this year is #BreakTheBias. “A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.”
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord over all, and is abounding in riches for all who call on Him.” Romans 10:12
In this season of Lent, it is time to reflect. It is often uncomfortable and painful to acknowledge our faults and failings, but by doing so we begin our journey to reconciliation, both with ourselves and others. By tearing down walls that divide and building bridges that embrace diversity and welcome reconciliation, we affirm that the same Lord is Lord of all.
-Dylan Rhys Parry, Union of Welsh Independents
Let us remember our callings and your word by remembering that you are Lord of all. We’ve often built walls that divide, and we’ve labelled and categorised people based on their appearance. Help us now to build bridges of inclusiveness with your tools of reconciliation and the foundations of your love. Amen.