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The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women's organization of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. For 75 years the organization has been encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to financially support global missions.
Our Chesapeake District of the LWML is blessed to serve over 125 churches, divided into eight zones. With our unique geographic location the District consists primarily of churches in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, with a few churches in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, as well as members who live in West Virginia.
Explore our site to learn more about our mission outreach, join in the fellowship we offer, and find resources about growing in grace and being part of the mission yourself!
For information about our national LWML, go to www.lwml.org
A Special Message From our Senior Pastoral Counselor,
Rev. Dr. John Johnson
A good friend of mine is retiring on this Fathers’ Day from the ministry and he asked me to look at the sermon he wrote for that moment several months earlier. It was a very loving message that I told him would require tears and hugs after the service.
I thought of this because this issue will be my last expected contribution to the Chesapeake Breeze (although only God knows for certain). Over my six-year term as a pastoral counselor for the Chesapeake District we have celebrated together, worshiped, mourned, prayed, dined and shared with each other as children of God.
Sadly, we are struggling through the long road of COVID-19 that seems to regain strength wherever there isn’t absolute vigilance. We are also seeing our country come to terms with racial injustice.
Amazingly major cities in Europe and Asia are sympathetically marching and calling on America to once again lead the world in moral integrity and human rights. We have seen children and extended family struggle with job loss, layoffs and uncertain futures. Our congregations are not all worshiping together yet and many beloved members must remain home to avoid risking their lives due to COVID-19.
There are many people who are rightfully overwhelmed. They’re tired of the stress, worry, uncertainty and massive amounts of energy it takes to continue to try to be positive. However, I find times like these when it is absolutely clear that I control nothing to be the most blessed. You see, when things are good, money isn’t tight, stress is low and life seems easy it is simple to hold God’s grace and mercy in contempt. You almost start to believe that everything is good because you have finally mastered all of life’s complexities.
In the chaos of today with health uncertainties, income worries and many things in upheaval I am forced to acknowledge that I am merely a person on a boat in a storm. I have no control and can only look to Jesus for my help. My education, the people I know and all my plans mean nothing; there is only Jesus. So I’m grateful to be reminded that I can only depend on my Lord who alone is able to save. Why?
Because of the promise Jesus made to all of us in Matthew 11:28-30.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Thank you Lord for your love and mercy and for all those you bless through the prayers and mites of the LWML. Be with all the women of the Chesapeake District as they live everyday committed to your Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ. I am forever grateful for the privilege to serve in their midst these last six years.
The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.