For people in the agricultural industry across our country, this is the season of harvest. Depending on climate and crop, some may have long finished while others are alert to the window to begin.
Jesus uses harvest as a comparison to the gathering of people to Himself. His harvest comes together in acceptance, forgiveness, praise, and thanksgiving. How He honors us when He calls us to be laborers in the harvest! With His call comes the promise that He will not turn His face from us nor will He leave us without resources with which we labor. He graciously and generously showers us with gifts – leadership, hospitality, teaching, prophecy even monetary resources – all to be used to His glory to gather a harvest from every tribe and nation.
This week, ask yourself:
1. What is the harvest field assigned to me at this moment in time?
2. What action will I use to begin to gather precious grain?
Then with your feet firmly planted in the reality of your field and your eyes fixed on the prize of eternal life with Him, you begin. And God will bless your work!
VP of Servant Resources
Situations often seem to control us in this fast paced world we live in. Without even being aware of it, we can be caught up in numerous activities that increase our level of anxiety. One can easily lose perspective and feel overwhelmed – adults and children alike. The most important priority in a Christian’s life is to be at peace in Christ’s gracious presence. His presence comes to us as we hear His voice in the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures, as we recall our baptism and as we receive the gift of His very body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. To receive His peace, time is needed; time to receive and to recall His gracious gifts. Make time for reflection on Christ’s grace and mercy for yourself and your family. Taken from the Health and Wellness section in, With Care and Compassion, Human Care resource.
Deaconess Sylvia Johnson
LWML VP of Human Care
First Responders are those who receive an urgent message to help others. They rush to action in order to provide for those who are in danger, or in need of protection.
God sent us an urgent message and calls us to action in our Personal Response to help others in need, by sharing the life saving message of what He has done for all of His children through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Just as First Responders do not wait for “someone” else to take action, we should not wait for “someone” else to:
- tell our neighbors, family and friends about Jesus Christ
- support our mission grants with generous monetary gifts that provide opportunities for sharing the Good News
- pray for God’s guidance each day for tasks He wants done.
Don’t delay your Personal Response. The person you share Christ with today may be called home to the Lord tomorrow.
LWML Public Relations Director
In preparation for writing this message to you our website visitor/user, several related things occurred. An e-mail was received from a woman who, encouraged by a devotion she read earlier that day about sins of omission, wrote to compliment the LWML on our website. She wanted to make sure that she let us know how much she liked the site, and all that was available on it including resources like the link to the weekly thoughts that your president does on KFUO radio. Lana did not want to miss the opportunity to provide feedback.
The day that I wrote this brief article I received two cards of encouragement and support from friends; Loretta lives in the next community; Janice is an LWML district president. Both wrote knowing that our daughter’s wedding was coming up in a couple of days. How nice of them to take the time to send cards and write messages.
So, what are you waiting for? Is there someone the Lord has put on your heart or mind? Or is there some action He is calling you to do?
President Janice Wendorf