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The Day of Pentecost

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37b–38).

Jesus knows what it means to thirst. Just 52 days ago, we heard Jesus cry out from the cross that He was thirsty. The sponge of sour wine was not enough to slake His thirst, however. Jesus was thirsty for salvation to be accomplished, and He was thirsty for you to be with Him eternally. By His death, Jesus’ thirst is quenched, and by His resurrection, He brings life to the world. There are many in our world today who are also thirsty, looking for hope in the midst of a fallen world and looking for salvation to come to them in their time of need. Over the years, the LWML has sought to bring the Gospel to thirsty souls that they may drink deeply of the living water that Jesus gives. On this “birthday” of the Church on Pentecost, perhaps it is a good opportunity for you to prayerfully consider how you can use your resources, whatever they may be, to assist in the task given to the Church: inviting and pointing thirsty people to Jesus so they can drink and be eternally satisfied.

The 7th Sunday of Easter

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent (John 17:3).

This is the essence of Jesus’ prayer throughout all of His earthly ministry, and it is the prayer that He still prays to His Father today. His desire is for all people to know God and Himself so that all may have eternal life. For decades, the LWML has joined Jesus in this prayer, praying for the world to hear the Good News of Jesus crucified and risen for the life of the world. Gifts of Love is an opportunity to ensure that such a prayer will continue to be uttered for decades to come, and that we also have the tools and resources to point people to Christ through His Word, in acts of mercy, and in grace given on His account. You know what it means to be confident about eternal life. Join us, and Jesus, in praying for the world, that all may know God and the One He has sent, and then, as you are able, consider how you may be able to join in supporting the LWML to remain steadfast in that prayer until our Lord’s return in glory.

The 6th Sunday of Easter

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth (John 14:16–17a).

In the days running up to Pentecost, we are going back in time a bit, looking at the words of Jesus from His “Farewell Discourse.” He is preparing His disciples for what is going to happen in response to His Passion, death, and resurrection. They are going to need some help as they prepare to go and proclaim the news of Jesus’ resurrected life. Thus, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come to them to equip them for this task and give them the words to speak. The missionaries of today, the women of the LWML, and all Christians still need the help of God’s Spirit to carry us in the work of the Gospel. And in addition to the Spirit, God has also set us into His Holy Church to support one another is this worldwide task. In these days, finding ways to get the message out is as important as ever. Won’t you take some time to consider how you can help and support the work of the LWML through Gifts of Love? We have wonderful counselors who are ready and able to help you see how you might be able to use the things with which God has blessed you. You then can help get the Word of God out into the world so the Spirit can work salvation and life into the hearts of all people.

The 5th Sunday of Easter

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:5–6).

How can we know the way? It is an important question for our day. How can we know the way out of isolation from the virus? How can we know the way back to health and economic stability? How can we know the way of returning to being together as the people of God in our churches, and in the social gatherings of our community? How can we know the way back to life? The Lord Jesus reminds us that the answer to those questions, and many others we may face, is found in this simple, straightforward promise: I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6a). Jesus not only is the way, but He is also the life, and when we are looking for help, it is to Him we can turn. To a world that is asking how to know the way to go in these days, the LWML has a definitive answer: Jesus! Even in these strenuous times, please prayerfully consider how you might be able to help us make known to all the world that Jesus is the way, and that He is the life which is eternal.

The 4th Sunday of Easter

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b).

The Good Shepherd reminds us that He has come for one purpose: that we may have abundant life. This is not life as the world sees it, where the accumulation of things or status or wealth is the aim, and the one who dies with the most wins. The life that Jesus comes to give is the life that is truly life, the life that is eternal. All that the LWML does is for the purpose of connecting people to that life which can only be found in Jesus. It is the hope of every Christian that others may have the same confidence in having the life that knows no end. Through your Gifts of Love, the work of supporting missionaries and equipping women to point people to this life will go on for years to come. And then, we can rejoice as we come together in the abundant life of eternity!

The 3rd Sunday of Easter

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).

It must have been one of the greatest Bible studies ever given! These two disciples got a chance to learn from Jesus directly as He opened up the Bible to them on the way. Yet, this is really the blessing we all have as we learn and grow in our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word: we are learning from the living Word that is Jesus. The LWML seeks to help women to this end, helping the Scriptures to be opened to them as they travel along life’s way, connecting them to Jesus. In so doing, they are being equipped to come alongside others and to share this wonderful news of Jesus, crucified and risen for us. Through your Gifts of Love, the LWML will be able to do this for many years to come, so that generation after generation may hear the Word of Christ, so that their hearts may burn within them, giving them a steadfast faith and a new hope founded upon our Lord and Savior who gives us life eternal.

The 2nd Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).

What an amazing sight the resurrected Jesus must have been to those frightened disciples on Easter evening. They had the privilege to see with their own eyes, and touch with their own hands, the risen Lord. Jesus knew that this was not going to be possible for everyone, and so He sends these disciples into the world to proclaim all that Jesus has done to save everyone. Today, there are many missionaries around the globe seeking to continue this important work and to bear witness to Christ and His salvation. Won’t you take a moment and consider how you might partner with them in this life-saving work? Your gift can help to make sure the LWML can support the work of worldwide missions for years to come. There are so many who need to “see” Jesus through the preaching of His Word, so that they, too, may live in hope and join us in the kingdom of heaven eternally. 

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