The Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity
The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household (John 4:53).
When it comes to thinking about the future and what we might leave behind for our household and those we love, certainly we want to make sure they are taken care of materially. Did you know that our gift planning counselors can help with this? More than that, however, we also dream, like this father, that our whole household may believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Did you know by including LWML in your planning, our gift planning counselors can help with that too? The LWML seeks to proclaim Christ and offer ways to help women (and men) grow in their lives of faith. Your gift can help us carry on that work for generations to come, so all may believe and be joined together in the household of faith.
Posted on October 17, 2021 5:00 AM
The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
‘Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find’ (Matthew 22:9).
If you’ve ever thrown a party for someone you love, you know that your desire is to make sure that the whole affair is as successful as possible, and as many people attend as possible. Such was the case for the king on the occasion of his son’s wedding. Such is the case of the King on the occasion of His Son’s wedding to His bride, the Church. Our heavenly Father wants the wedding hall filled with guests. This is why the LWML continues to tirelessly support missions throughout the world. We take the mandate of our Lord seriously: invite … as many as you find. Through careful planning and a thoughtful contribution to Gifts of Love, you may support this work of inviting well into the future so that, when our Lord returns in glory, the wedding hall will be filled with saints celebrating the eternal victory of our heavenly Bridegroom.
Posted on October 10, 2021 5:00 AM
The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home” (Matthew 9:6).
There is nothing more freeing, more liberating, than the forgiveness of sins. Sin hangs like a weight around our necks, maybe not causing us to be physically paralyzed like this man today, but certainly paralyzed in our soul, sometimes unable to move because of the crushing feeling of our guilt. Jesus, however, comes to lift that weight, to unburden our soul, and to free us from our sin so that we may rise and find that we are already home in the love and grace of Christ. We live in a world where many simply exist daily under this weight of sin, ignorant of the help that is there for them in Jesus. The LWML supports Gospel proclamation around the world, helping to send missionaries bearing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. Your support of the Gifts of Love ministry can aid in continuing this work so the weary may rise under the forgiveness of sins, and come home to heaven with us eternally.
Posted on October 03, 2021 9:00 AM
The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:4–6).
In various ways over time, people have been searching for techniques to bring people together across political, racial, economic, and social divides. However, it seems the harder we try, the further away we move. That is often because we look for unity in the temporal things of this world, rather than the eternal things of Christ. It is only in Christ where we can truly be one. This is why Christ is at the center of all the LWML does. From devotions and Bible studies, to mites and prayers for our missionaries, the LWML seeks to proclaim our one Lord to all people, so together, we may be one in Him. Through your support of Gifts of Love, you can help. Whatever divisions there may be among people, we may be brought together under our Lord, pressing on by His grace toward the one hope that we have: life with Him in His kingdom forever.
Posted on September 26, 2021 5:00 AM
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her (Luke 7:13a).
This verse from Luke brings great comfort and joy which we have as the children of God. Our Lord is the Lord of Life, and therefore not even death is beyond His ability to keep us with Him eternally. The LWML is dedicated to bringing the message of our Lord of Life to the world and to connect people to the hope which is in Christ Jesus. Through supporting missionaries and assisting in works of mercy, the LWML desires to see people who are daily confronted by death; demonstrate the compassion of Christ in word and deed; and, by the Spirit, deliver hope into their lives. Your support of Gifts of Love can help the LWML carry on this work for years to come. Prayerfully reflect on how you might consider this ministry in your long-term plans, that Christ’s victory over death and the grave may be proclaimed to the ends of the earth!
Posted on September 19, 2021 5:00 AM
The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” It is meant to be an encouragement that we do not need to have all the answers and every detail of our life figured out. Instead, we focus on the big picture and then take the twists and turns in the road as they come. Such is the nature of our life in the kingdom of God. It is very easy to become so overwhelmed by the “small stuff” of life that we forget we are already inheritors of a glorious kingdom. Thus, Jesus encourages us to keep the big picture in mind, to “seek first the kingdom,” and everything else will take care of itself as the Lord provides for us. Considering our future, planning ahead, and supporting Gifts of Love do not indicate anxiety about things. They are faithful responses to God’s graciousness. It is a way to support the LWML in keeping the kingdom of God front and center in its work of supporting mission and ministry around the world. Through the Word proclaimed, others will see the kingdom first and then know by faith that everything else will also be taken care of by our loving Father in heaven.
Posted on September 12, 2021 5:00 AM
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks (Luke 17:16a).
The story of the healing of the ten lepers, and the return of the Samaritan to give thanks to Jesus, is more than just about giving thanks for the healing God provides. What the Samaritan shows us is that he understands how everything is dependent upon God. The Lord gives, the Lord provides, the Lord sustains, the Lord heals, and the Lord gives life. Thus, it is fitting for the Samaritan, and for us, to acknowledge the source of all blessings in the person and work of Jesus. Participating in planning through our Gifts of Love counselors is one way you can return to the Lord in thanksgiving, knowing all you have is from Him. In supporting this ministry, you are supporting mission work here and abroad so many more may know the healing which comes from Jesus and give thanks to the Lord for all His love and favor toward us.
Posted on September 05, 2021 5:00 AM