President's Reflections

President’s Reflection – August 2019

I asked Jesus, “How much do you love me?” “This much,” he answered. Then he stretched out his arms and died. – Unknown

In this short and simple quote, we see the beauty of Jesus’ love captured in amazing imagery of the cross. This is God’s love in full and, if I was the only person in existence, Jesus still would have done all that, just for me. Through his grace and mercy, he did it for ALL of US.

In the last two months I have been blessed through the sharing of friendship and nourishment. I have attended the NSW, WA and SA-NT Lutheran Women’s State Conventions. Themes of Sent, Women of Faith through the Generations, Jubilee Celebration and Radiant with Hope.

Excellent guest speakers spoke at the conventions which showed the diversity through each state, you are all Women loved by God, sharing this love with others.

When I was reflecting on my time spent with you, I happened on a Facebook page, ‘Christian Today’. The title was ‘The Holy Quilt – Let Christ Shine Through’. It described the time that we will face our Maker at the last judgement. Our lives are laid out like squares of a quilt. Each square labelled with a part of our life that had been difficult, with challenges and temptations faced within everyday life. The squares were filled with giant holes.

Other quilts, it said, were filled with rich colour and bright hues of worldly fortune. Finally, the time came to display the quilts. It goes on to say that the person’s gaze dropped to the ground in shame. The others showed their quilts in turn, so filled their lives had been!

The writer goes on to say that the person hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes; they had spent many nights in prayer, asking for help and guidance in their life. They had to face the truth; they had to accept their life for what it had been. As they held the quilt up for all to see, an awe-filled gasp filled the air, the light flooded the many holes creating an image, The Face of Christ.

It goes on to say: Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My hardship, and My struggles, you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me that there was of you.

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

As we reflect on Jesus love for us daily, let us remember that he wants US to be known for this same love, to share with those around us in this world, with actions and not just with words.



About the Author

Wendy Habel

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *