This Week's Article
Did you attend an LWML District Convention this spring or summer? I hope so! What an awesome opportunity to possibly worship with a congregation larger than the one at home and to be inspired by Bible Study leaders who give us special insight into the convention themes. Friendships are renewed and new bonds formed as hundreds of LWML hugs are shared.
LWML Executive Committee members have the opportunity to attend district conventions around the country. For me it is especially interesting to note the variety of ways we work toward accomplishing our shared mission/God’s mission of reaching the lost with the Good News of salvation. Each district functions in its own way, but all worship our Lord, celebrate meeting and exceeding mite goals, and in faith set new goals. All learn from mission speakers who have actually experienced the results of those mites and in every district, fun, food and fellowship complete a wonderful convention.
It has been my privilege to attend four conventions this spring. At each one I am encouraged to see so many women and men with a passion for sharing the love of Christ. We have different gifts, come from many different backgrounds and are variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, but the combination of all those is a beautiful picture of the church and our response to Christ’s love.
Verse of the Week
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Last Week's Article
Have you ever returned from a vacation more exhausted than when you left? Things happen on vacation. Children get crabby, the weather becomes uncooperative, or expenses exceed the budget. Days packed full of activities and delayed flights drain energy. These circumstances contribute to vacation not being restful!
Sometimes we need a vacation, but it cannot happen due to health, financial restrictions, or unescapable commitments.
We all long for rest. It seems that a vacation is the answer. But vacation does not satisfy our need for rest. Only Jesus can satisfy that longing. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This rest is the peace which only God can give. This is the rest we have because our sins are forgiven and we are right with God. We need not be anxious about anything. We can rest confidently knowing that because of what Jesus has done, we are at peace with God. In Jesus, we have rest … namely, in His Word and Sacraments!