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Stewardship Meditation 5/15/2022

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you (John 16:22).

In this season where we continue to celebrate the resurrection and the life we have been given by God, it may seem like a real downer to consider our mortality and what will become of the blessings God has given us in this world. However, we know the joy that is ours as we are welcomed into the kingdom of God, and as Jesus says, no one can take that from us. His resurrection has cut through the sorrow of this world to fill us with His divine, eternal life. This is a joy we can share with our family and through organizations that are all about sharing this truth with the world. Through Gifts of Love, our Gift Planning Counselors can help you determine how best to bless your family, but also how you can also confess your faith and share your unending joy with others. Eternal joy is yours in Christ Jesus! Prayerfully consider how that joy might continue to overflow into the lives of others through Gifts of Love that through the Gospel, the life of Christ may be given to all.

Stewardship Meditation 5/8/2022

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).

The season of Easter is filled with comfort after comfort for the Christian. Not only does our Lord promise to give eternal life to all His people, but also assures us that we shall not be taken out of that life by anything. We are safely in His hands now and always. We also know that our Lord’s hands are quite large — there’s room for more! Through your prayerful support and planning through Gifts of Love (GOL), you can partner in the proclamation of Christ as the LWML supports missions and missionaries around the world. Through preaching, teaching, and works of mercy, the life of Christ is shared, and the life He gives fills the hearts of His people. Many more will then know the security of being held in Jesus’ hands and the joy of the eternal life Christ has won for us by the power of His resurrection. Please consider how you might partner with us now, or with a future charitable contribution, that the life of Christ may continue to be proclaimed into all the earth.

Stewardship Meditation 5/1/2022

The Third Sunday of Easter

[Jesus] said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish (John 21:6).

The disciples toiled all night and caught nothing. At Jesus’ instruction, however, the catch was more than they could haul into the boat. Such is the way that Jesus always seems to work — He takes our meager attempts at success and turns them into overflowing blessings. In a way, this has been the history of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League as we have sought faithfully to use humble mite offerings and watch as Christ powerfully used them to further His mission to the nations. Gifts of Love (GOL) is a ministry that seeks to support the work of LWML for generations to come. Going through the gift planning process with one of our Gift Planning Counselors, you might be surprised at just how much God has blessed you over the years, and you will discover ways you can leave a blessing for many more to hear the Good News of Jesus. Whether it is a large or small gift, Christ will use it to pour out the abundance of His blessings upon His people so that all may come to the joy of the resurrection.

Stewardship Meditation 4/24/2022

The Second Sunday of Easter

Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe” (John 20:27).

We all know those who are slow to believe, who are skeptical, and who just don’t “get it” when it comes to Jesus and the things of faith. It is understandable, for even Thomas, one of the twelve, had trouble. Maybe we do too at times. In His mercy, Jesus invites Thomas to touch His wounds and to believe. For us who are also slow to believe sometimes, Jesus gives us the same invitation as we gather to Him at His Table to touch and to receive His very body and blood. Part of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s (LWML) mission is to equip women to honor God by serving others. In other words, one of the privileges we have through lives of service is to give people a chance to touch Jesus as we serve as His hands and feet and voice. In such encounters, others may know the peace that our Lord delivers by His resurrection from the dead, and they may be called to lives of faith and confess with Thomas, “my Lord, and my God!” (John 20:28). Please consider partnering with us through Gifts of Love (GOL) with a current or future gift. Your generosity will support the continued equipping of women for service so that Christ and His life may be known by all.

Stewardship Meditation 4/17/2022

The Resurrection of our Lord

“He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise” (Luke 24:6–7).

Today, Easter Sunday, the sadness of Good Friday gives way to the glorious announcement of the angels at the tomb of Jesus: He is not here, but has risen. Death could not hold our Lord! He has won the victory over sin, Satan, and death, and has given life to the world by the power of His resurrection. This is shocking to the women as they see and hear this, but they are reminded that Jesus told them this would happen all along: Remember how he told you. In fact, this has been the promise of God to His people since the Fall, that He would send One to destroy the devastating effects of sin and bring His people back to life. The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) has spent the last 80 years helping to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the nations through mission support and encouragement in the Word. We have sought to remind people of what Jesus has told us about our eternal life in Him. Through your support of Gifts of Love (GOL), we will be able to continue to bring this life-saving message to people all over the world, and remind them of the glorious news of this day: Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Stewardship Meditation 4/10/2022

Palm Sunday

So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:13).

Throngs of people gathered to Jesus as He came into His Holy City on Palm Sunday. As John tells us, it was because they had heard that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. And now they were shouting out “Hosanna,” a word that means “save now.” It would seem that they did not understand the depth of what they were saying. Jesus demonstrates His unfathomable mercy for His people by coming to us, who by our sin, are always in the throes of death. He comes to rescue us and to bring us back into the life of His kingdom. Our Lord will answer the cry of the crowd today, Palm Sunday, as He makes His way to Golgotha where He will pay the price for their lives and ours. By His resurrection He will do for the world what He did for Lazarus: raise us from death to life. Such is the joy we desire to share with the world. Through your prayerful support of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) through Gifts of Love (GOL), you are providing opportunities for missionaries all over the world to bring the Gospel message of Christ’s mercy to people in the midst of death — calling them to salvation and everlasting life in Jesus. 

Stewardship Meditation 4/3/2022

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ … that I may know him and the power of his resurrection (Philippians 3:8, 10a).

One of the saddest things on earth is to see families fighting among themselves over “stuff” after the death of a beloved family member. This is especially true when that deceased Christian had a faithful perspective in regard to their own “stuff” and understood it in the way of St. Paul. For him, there was nothing in this world that was more valuable than knowing Christ and to be joined to His resurrection by Holy Baptism. Everything else could be cast aside. This is why prayerfully considering what happens to our “stuff” after we are gone is so important. Not only is it good to spare our families from having to figure all of that out on their own, but more importantly, we have an opportunity to use our “stuff” to further the work of the kingdom of God. In so doing, we can help other people see the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus as their Lord. Gifts of Love (GOL) can help you with this as you plan ahead, knowing that your most important blessing is to have gained Christ by faith and making you a partaker of His life by the power of His resurrection.

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