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2/25/2024 Weekly article

Lutheran Women in Mission Shines Bright at Best Practices in Ministry

I spent last week in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, sharing the Lutheran Women in Mission story with Lutherans from across the country at Best Practices for Ministry (BPM) Conference. Purple sunglasses provided welcome relief from the bright Arizona sun. The future of the LWML is so bright you had better wear shades.

President Eden Keefe, Vice President of Christian Life Susan Brunkow, Vice President of Gospel Outreach Karen Morrison, Vice President of Special Focus Ministries Karol Selle, and Recording Secretary Brenda Piester also attended. We were able to encourage and catch up with current and past mission grant recipients, engage with our ministry partners, and support and encourage church workers. On Saturday morning we presented “Life After … Support for Widows” featuring devotions from our new LWML book, Life After…Devotions for Widows. It was such a joy to share the Lutheran Women in Mission story.

Serve the Lord with Gladness! (Psalm 100:2).

Debbie Yocky

2/18/2024 Weekly article

The Gift of God’s Presence

John Eldredge said, “The gift of presence is a rare and beautiful gift.”

How do you give the gift of presence? Can it be as simple (and as difficult) as being with someone when they get bad news? When they are hurt, or sick, or grieving? Is it sitting with someone after they get a difficult diagnosis or are undergoing treatment? Is it coming alongside the widows and widowers in your congregation? I think it is.

This week, Lutheran Women in Mission will present at Best Practices in Ministry, hosted by Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, Arizona. One session will focus on ministering to and with widows.

LWML’s new resource, Life After … Devotions for Widows, is a collection of 27 devotions written by widows for widows and those who love them. Perhaps it can be your gift of presence – God’s presence – and His peace.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; … (Psalm 16:11).

Eden Keefe

2/11/2024 Weekly article

How’s Your Heart?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Wherever we look, we see hearts reminding us of love: heart-shaped candy, hearts on greeting cards, heart décor, and heart accents in floral arrangements.

No greater love has ever been known than the love our Savior, Jesus, has shown us. How’s your heart’s response to His amazing love? Is it receptive and grateful? Or does it need some “heart-cleaning?”

Within sixteen months of each other my mother and mother-in-law passed away, so as family members we had to do a complete “housecleaning” of their beloved treasurers (and some “I wonder why she kept this?” items). Cleaning became a time of remembering and reflecting. One of the Lutheran Women in Mission’s treasure trove of devotions fit our circumstances. I read "Housecleaning — Heart-Cleaning" and found it so applicable to our labor-of-love cleaning task. Grab a hymnal and sing or pray the wonderfully rich songs to fill your heart with beautiful reminders of God’s grace and His eternal love for us!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Happy Heart-Cleaning!

Brenda Piester

2/4/2024 Weekly article

Showing Love

February is the month of ‘love’. How do we show love as Lutheran Women in Mission?

By serving in our homes, in our churches, and in our communities. Lifting others in prayer. Supporting mission and ministry work locally, in our zones, in our districts, and nationally. They (the world) will know we are Christians by our love.

The Mission Grant highlights for this month are, MG#5 Disaster Response Teams, Trinity Lutheran Church, Tyler, Texas, and MG#6 Mobile Kitchen, Forged by Fire Services, Gulf Coast Region, U.S.

The resource sets for each are available on the LWML website. Take time to read about each of these worthy mission grant recipients. Pray for their ministry work as they continue to share the Gospel of our Lord by being the hands and feet of Jesus when the opportunities arise. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Then go and do likewise.

Karen Morrison

1/28/2024 Weekly article

Sing the Glory of His Name

Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! (Psalm 66:1–2).

God’s whole creation sings of the glory of His name. Whether it is with the sway of palm trees in the warm wind or the peaceful quiet of a landscape covered with snow, we — and all of creation — can join in singing of the glory of our Lord.

LWML has made singing even easier for your next event. Your favorite LWML song lyrics have been available in ready-to-print or large print format, and now they are also available on PowerPoint slides. Next time you have a group meeting, zone rally, or district event, download free PowerPoint slides of the lyrics here.

Songs included:

“Serve the Lord with Gladness”
“Lutheran Women, One and All”
“In League with Our Lord”
“Praise, Love, Serve”
“In Joy We Come Together”

Susan Brunkow

1/14/2024 Weekly article

January Beach

Right after Abraham obeyed God while offering Isaac as a sacrifice, God promised Abraham, “I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17).

If you use a high magnification microscope and examine grains of sand, you will see that each grain looks like a shell, a crystal, or a piece of coral. Think of that! On a beach — sand dunes made of all those grains of sand and each grain is different. Sound familiar? Like grains of sand, God has made each person different and each one is loved by God.

The goal of Lutheran Woman in Mission is for each unique person to know of God’s great love and sacrifice. Telling others about how God came down to earth as a man, lived a pure life, suffered by taking our sins on Himself, and dying and rising again so that by faith we may live with Him eternally. The LWML Bible Study “Discovering Yourself” may increase your appreciation and understanding of your uniqueness as a beloved child of God.

Next time you see a grain of sand, say a prayer of thanksgiving, and be reminded to tell others of God’s love. Wishing you warm January thoughts!

Cheryl Mattil

1/7/2024 Weekly article

Shining Lights

Have you started to take down your Christmas decorations? Sadly, I have. But living in cold New England, the outside lights will remain for quite some time. I love this excuse to leave them up longer. I love seeing the shining lights on these long cold dark nights.

The lights remind me of the true light in the darkness that I never have to worry about being without.

Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

We have much to do as we serve our Savior — “Light of the World” — in this brand-new year! He has plans for us. There are district conventions, mission grants to fund, prayer services, Bible studies to plan, and, and …

Seeing His light, let it remind us,

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Leslie Colligan


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