8/5/2011 6:22:26 PM
2011 April Message from President Paula Danekas
The crocus pedals are fading, and the daffodils and forsythia burst forth in full bloom while the swelling lilac buds silently watch the grass at their feet being renewed with the spring rain—waiting in eager anticipation to join the birds’ chorus. All of creation announces the arrival of spring here in the Midwest.
This is the time of the year that Christians stand at the empty tomb and rejoice in the resurrection of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How privileged were those women who were the first to see Jesus and carry the message, “He’s risen!” to the disciples. How privileged are we also that Jesus has commissioned us also to “Go and tell!” And finally, how fitting it is that our LWMS annual convention theme is centered on those words of Jesus at his ascension, “Therefore, Go and Make Disciples of All Nations” (Matthew 28:19).
And yet, this year’s convention seems clouded with another event in Jesus’ life, “There’s no room in the inn.” We’ve often imagined how Joseph and Mary felt when they heard that news, and now people who are attending the convention in Milwaukee are also hearing that there is “no room in the Hyatt”. If this is the message you are getting or if you haven’t yet registered, please check the LWMS Web site for alternate accommodations. And no, they do not include a lowly manger in a stable; although we can praise and thank God for whatever he provides us.
Celebrate the Fellowship of Christ’s Love
A Savior was born, died, rose, and gave us the Great Commission to carry out while we remain on earth. The seasons change, but our purpose remains the same. Meet with us in Milwaukee this summer to share the joy and love we feel for missions and missionaries.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20