Many churches encourage members to wear red on Pentecost, the Sunday when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. In Christian symbolism, the color red is associated with the fire of the Holy Spirit and the blood of the Holy Martyrs. A congregation dressed in red is always a sight to behold from the Altar on the Day of Pentecost.
Reminding my parishioners to wear red each year prompts me to remind women to be aware of the Go Red Campaign, which is focused on women's heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the nation's number one killer of women.
One of our church members recently had a heart attack while driving. She was unconscious and struck another vehicle. The impact caused her seatbelt to restrain her and, at the same time, restart her heart. Her life was spared.
She told her story to the Lawrence Journal World. I invite you to watch the video and then take the time to learn more. This is vitally important for all women and for all the women in your life.