Insights from Iris

Iris Barta, President

Iris Barta, President

I RECENTLY READ an article about a woman whose declaration of her conversion to atheism went viral. In the article she noted one thing that she misses from her Christian life is the music. She continues to hum spontaneously the familiar songs and hymns learned during her time as a Christian. They are stuck in her head. Don’t you love the subtle ways God has of reaching out to us even when we turn away from Him? As Christians we are blessed with a wide variety of biblically-based songs, hymns and liturgy that teach us and remind us of our faith. Singing these songs, quietly to ourselves or with the whole company of heaven joining in worship, is one way we are immersed in His word.

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada is founded on a biblically-based motto that in a similar way has become engraved on our hearts. I’m sure most of you could recite with me Deuteronomy 10:12: And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” It is the verse on which our motto, “Called to Serve,” is based. A motto by one definition is a phrase inscribed on something to indicate its character. Our motto is engraved on each of our hearts indicating our Christ-like servant character as individuals and as an organization.

How fitting it is that we have chosen for our theme this triennium “Hold fast to the Word” (1 Corinthians 15:2). It is God’s Word that holds us together as one league made up of individuals across Canada. It is by His word that we are tied together across the generations, from the women who formed our organization in the 1940s and 50s to the little girls baptized in 2012.

God had a plan for LWML in 1942. God has a plan for LWML–Canada in 2012. As Paul said in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” With this in our hearts and minds we can joyfully work together to GROW in God’s Word, SERVE God’s people and SHARE God’s Son.

President Iris

from the Winter 2012 issue of Tapestry, magazine of LWML-Canada

 

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