President's Reflections

Outgoing President’s Reflection


“Who’d have thought it …”

Do we say this in a surprised or stunned voice? Is it said out loud or in the recesses of one’s mind?

I would have to say that has been in my thoughts in the last 20 months. We are living in uncertain times; will this virus disappear? Or will it keep mutating?

I don’t have the answer, but I know that our Father in heaven has everything else in hand, he has all the answers.

That is why I can say with a positive confidence that all praise does belong to my Lord.

God has taught and confirmed many things in these last three years as your president.

Being Strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10–18)

When we think of the word “Strength/Strong”, what immediately springs to mind is brute force, bulging muscles (and for me, I visualise hairy legs!).

Not so. The strength I am talking about is the strength of love, joy, hearing, believing, rejoicing and praise. As we are filled with the faith of the Holy Spirit, this treasure of all grace, which we received from Christ through our baptism, we use in our life, daily.

Being Strong in the Lord,in listening to God’s Word, coming together with other Christians sharing your faith, your highs, rejoicing in all that you have been given. Let us be an encourager to those younger or older in the faith, sharing the strength as women united in the love of Christ.

Martin Luther wrote: “Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image, but the living essence of the divine nature which beams full at all goodness”.

I see this beautiful quote of Martin Luther as I have travelled around the states. Love beaming out of the faces of women as you toil, talk, and share in the work that God would have you do. Servants of the King!

Philippians 1:6 ESV: And I am sure of this; that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Grow strong and bloom where you are planted … read the book of Ephesians, Paul’s beautiful letter to the Ephesians.

For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. Ephesians 4:12

Keep connecting with one another … for we all need the fellowship, Bible study and prayer support that, as Christian women, we can share.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18a

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another. Hebrews10:25

Farewell from me … and welcome to the incoming LWA executive. God bless you all.

Ephesians 6:23-24: Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.


About the Author

Wendy Habel

Wendy is President of Lutheran Women of Australia and a member of the Editorial team.

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