One of my all-time favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life. I marvel at what George A. Bailey appears willing to give up before he realizes what a gift he’s been to his family, friends and community. When I think of the membership of this spectacular organization of United Methodist Women, I think “it’s a wonderful life!”
We have been serving God by organizing for mission with women, children and youth for 145 years. We must celebrate and give thanks for the many women of all ages who have sown seeds for new units, circles or groups—women like my mother.
I’m so thankful to God for my mother Swannie Moore Richards. Watching my mother live her faith caused me to grow into a strong and confident woman today. I can’t tell all the family secrets I learned watching my mother in action, but I will share three very important lessons she taught me:
1. Be thankful to God.
2. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than how great God made you.
3. Love of family.
I am thankful for the seeds sown into me, and I know I’m responsible for passing them on to others. That is why growing United Methodist Women membership is critical to the life of The Methodist Church.
Giving thanks is very simple but so important for our soul and spiritual journey. I am thankful for the seeds sown into me, and I know I’m responsible for passing them on to others. That is why growing United Methodist Women membership is critical to the life of The Methodist Church. Not all, but the vast majority of United Methodist Women members are also members of The United Methodist Church. Our membership consist of women who care enough to take action to address the needs of the women, children and youth—needs like access to healthy food, health care, economic opportunity. Financial literacy training, domestic violence awareness training, Ubuntu days of Service and support for battered women are just a few of many things United Methodist Women members do to reach out to neighbors with our hearts, talent and funds.
What a glorious way to say, “Thanks be to God,” for the many ways and times God has reached out to us in our times of need!
What are you thankful for? Don’t keep it to yourselves. Tell others about your awesome and amazing faith journey. Share what you’re thank-ful for with five women you know—and ask them to do likewise. Then invite them to give thanks for the many blessings in their lives in a very special way—mission action with United Methodist Women.
YVETTE KIM RICHARDS
United Methodist Women