Day Eleven

Day Eleven: Anastasia Brower (Bellingham, WA)

I wouldn’t really call myself an activist. I would call myself an activist cheerleader. That’s where I’m most comfortable- on the sidelines. I love watching other people get excited and passionate about helping others, standing up for what they believe in, and advocating for the voiceless.

The funny thing about following Jesus is that He calls us all to advocate for those facing injustices. That’s what wearing a dress every day for a month is about for me. Jesus is saying, “Anastasia, think about these people. Pray for them. They exist and you can do something about it.”

This month is about going beyond myself, stepping away from the sideline, and deeply loving people around the world facing injustices.

Last year, the campus ministry I am a part of held a women’s day for all of the women in our ministry to gather. At this women’s day a poem was shared, and this poem is often what drives me to continuously go beyond myself, especially when I’m feeling comfortable with where I am. This poem is about women standing up for other women and tearing down the ridiculous walls that us women tend to put up around ourselves. Dressember is about tearing down those walls, joining together, and being united by Love in spite of fear.

Let us be Women who Love by Idelette McVicker

Let us be women who Love.
Let us be women willing to lay down our sword words, our sharp looks, our ignorant silence and towering stance and fill the earth now with extravagant Love.
Let us be women who Love.
Let us be women who make room.
Let us be women who open our arms and invite others into an honest, spacious, glorious embrace.

Let us be women who carry each other.
Let us be women who give from what we have.
Let us be women who leap to do the difficult things, the unexpected things and the necessary things.
Let us be women who live for Peace.
Let us be women who breathe Hope.
Let us be women who create beauty.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us be a sanctuary where God may dwell.
Let us be a garden for tender souls.
Let us be a table where others may feast on the goodness of God.
Let us be a womb for Life to grow.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us rise to the questions of our time.
Let us speak to the injustices in our world.
Let us move the mountains of fear and intimidation.
Let us shout down the walls that separate and divide.
Let us fill the earth with the fragrance of Love.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us listen for those who have been silenced.
Let us honour those who have been devalued.
Let us say, Enough! with abuse, abandonment, diminishing and hiding.
Let us not rest until every person is free and equal.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who are savvy, smart and wise.
Let us be women who shine with the light of God in us.
Let us be women who take courage and sing the song in our hearts.
Let us be women who say, Yes to the beautiful, unique purpose seeded in our souls.
Let us be women who call out the song in another’s heart.
Let us be women who teach our children to do the same.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who Love, in spite of fear.
Let us be women who Love, in spite of our stories.
Let us be women who Love loudly, beautifully, Divinely.
Let us be women who Love.

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