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3/10/2024 Weekly article

My Song is Love Unknown!

My song is love unknown, My Savior’s love to me, Love to the loveless shown That they might lovely be. Oh, who am I That for my sake My Lord should take Frail flesh and die? (LSB 430)

My choir has been rehearsing a variation of this beloved Lenten hymn as an anthem for one of our Sundays in Lent. The words are so rich in meaning and help us to focus on the true meaning of Lent, a time to meditate on the suffering that Christ endured on our behalf. It is also a time to reflect on the wonderous gift of eternal life Christ provided to us in His resurrection.

To continue to focus our hearts on Lent, I urge you to visit the LWML website ( and type in “Lent” in the search block. There you will find many devotions, short Bible studies, litanies, sketches, crafts, and mission service activities to help you focus on Lent and help you to look forward to the resurrection too.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6).

Anita Werner

3/3/2024 Weekly article

Jesus Our Shepherd

On my many travels around the world, I have collected nativities and sheep! Of course, not real sheep, but ones of many sizes and designs. Throughout the years, I have been blessed to see lambs being born and to hold the small creatures in my arms.

We are referred to as sheep throughout the Bible. Why? For one thing, raising sheep was an important way for people to make a living. Jesus used sheep as object lessons. Another reason is because humans have much in common with sheep.

For example, sheep are not very smart. If a sheep tries to go through a small hole in the fence, he will not stop, he will just keep trying to go forward. We are like sheep when we keep on doing the same things that we should not do.

Sheep are followers. If one sheep moves, the others will follow. We follow what other people are doing, even though it may not be the right thing to do.

Sheep sometimes wander. They graze without paying attention to where they are going. We stray away from what God has taught us to do.

But, fortunately for the sheep, they have a shepherd. Fortunately, we have Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to rescue us. He says, I am the good shepherd (John 10:11).

You know – Jesus really loves His sheep!

In the season of Lent the LWML has beautiful devotions, free and printable for your use. I suggest you begin with this devotion: The Perfect Lamb.

Karol Selle

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


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