Wow! A lot has changed since I sat down to write my last president’s message. However, one thing that remains the same is our changeless God. I find great comfort in that thought and in Psalm 31. Verses 5 and 15 are especially comforting to me. “Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. . . . My times are in your hands.”

This is also a scary time if we let the world’s uncertainty creep into our thinking. “Will we be able to have our LWMS convention in June?” is one of my nagging questions. “Will people show up in Athens if we do?” and “Will our missionaries get the support they need if no circuits hold their spring rallies?” are a few more questions that have been on my mind. When those doubts assail me, I try to remember who is in charge of our world. I try to center myself on God’s Word and his promises. Are you familiar with the saying “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future”? I think this could be a paraphrase of Psalm 31:15. God is in control. Everything in his plan is for our good! 

We can view this time of “social distancing” as a gift. We can reconnect with our families. We can reach out to our neighbors in love and share the gospel with them. We can invite a friend who is not active at her own church to watch our online church services. We can be active in praying for our missions and our missionaries. We can reach out with cards and send our love to those who are working around the globe for the Lord on our behalf. God is giving us opportunities to find new ways to share our faith. 
I pray that you are well and that the time with your family is blessed. I pray that your job is waiting for you when this pandemic situation is over. I pray that the Word can reach as many people as possible as our world struggles with this crisis. 
God keep you in his care always, 

Cynthia Natsis, president
LWMS Board of Directors