President's Reflections

President’s Reflections – June 2020

‘Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day …’ for those of you that know the words to the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, there is one word I would change in the chorus: ‘Everything’s goin’ my God’s way’ (of course I would make the words a little more Aussie).

Do you get the picture? We are going through some challenging times, and yet let us not lose sight of the magnificent gift from heaven above, a precious Son, made human to walk amongst us, and then the most sacrificial gift to all mankind, the death and resurrection of his dear Son.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

As I write this, I do not know how many have gone to be with the Lord or how many have perished. At the time of writing this, this physical world has changed so suddenly, governments had to make drastic decisions to make all safe. Our worship in our churches has become non-existent, we are no longer physical congregations, something foreign to Lutherans. Ladies, we are known for our hospitality and food!

So …

Be strong in prayer. Prayer doesn’t stop! Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

You can …

Work out a roster with your executive, phone a member or send an inspirational tract. Make sure your members get their magazine. For the ‘up to date’ not technically challenged person, it has been text messages, even sending inspirational cards and hugs through ‘messenger’. Congregations have sent out Sunday school lessons via email, and we can access online church services and devotions.

Oh, what a beautiful morning …

I look out over the paddocks from the veranda. I don’t see cattle (they are in another paddock), but I see the sheep grazing, not worrying about the next bit of grass. It is quiet, peaceful, and then I look to the west and I see the clouds forming, we are in for a shower of rain. God’s beautiful world is all around us.

It is a beautiful day … God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (ESV) These words light up my day. It is a reminder to all that, as we commit each day to him, all our thoughts, all our prayers are in his hands and all we have to do is trust him.

Read Psalm 2

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (ESV)


About the Author

Wendy Habel

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

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