LWQ Winter 2019

Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly

Winter 2019 "Beautiful Scars"

2019 Winter Quarterly CoverEditor's Note

The attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassinations of the 1960s, the Moon landing, the rescue of baby Jessica from her fall into a well, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina — one of these may be your earliest memory of a major news event played out in the media.

Although I have a distant memory of watching the funeral of John Foster Dulles on the small screen of my grandparents’ black-and-white TV, I was a Kindergartener at the time and did not fully comprehend our nation’s sadness.

Fast forward to September 1963. I had just started 5th grade. The horrific news of four girls killed in the bombing of a church (of all places) rattled and haunted me deeply; the memories of the event disturb me to this day.

Whereas news stories of adults attacking other adults for racially motivated reasons were sadly common when I was a child, it seemed the classmates in my Queens, NYC, public school managed to get along with each other.

For me the story of the bombing of the young girls made it feel as though the world had suddenly turned upside down; their murders signified a shocking and terrifying twist — children had now become the victims of hateful adults.

When I was approached a few months ago about including the account of Miss Denise McNair, one of the martyred girls, in an issue of the Quarterly, I had no idea she was Lutheran and attended an LCMS church where her father was Sunday School superintendent. I was eager to learn more about Denise and how her death impacted this critical tipping point of our nation’s civil rights history.

This Winter issue, ”Beautiful Scars,” shares stories of many who bear scars — of body, mind, and soul — that were healed or are being healed by the One whose hands and feet were scarred for us, and for our salvation, on the cross. Through faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf, we receive complete healing — either here on earth or forever with Him in heaven.

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise (Jeremiah 17:14). 

Nancy Graf Peters, Editor-in-Chief


   1   A Farewell
   4   Two Questions Women Shouldn’t Ask
   6   Julie & Brad
   8   Segregated Scars and the Legacy of Miss Denise McNair
 12   Accepting Change
 22   Scarred but Not Broken
 23   Scar Management

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Editor's Note
   2   Praying the Psalms
   3   For Young Women
 14   Sharing the Good News Thanks to LWMLor read it online here
 15   2019–2021 Mission Grants
 24   Lutheran Women in Action
 28   Shop LWML
 29   President's Page We are HIS!

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16    Beautiful Savior
        Beautiful Savior — Leader Guide
18    Why the Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength
        Why the Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength — Leader Guide
19    ¡Cómo el gozo del Señor ES nuestra fortaleza!
20    Beauty Marks
        Beauty Marks — Leader Guide


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