Giving Thanks


Thanksgiving DinnerGifts for which I am thankful to God every day include life, love, faith, family, freedom, forgiveness, health, home, happiness, safety and security. A few other gifts are listed below. All these gifts are signs and symbols of the grace of God, for which I’m particularly thankful!

November 15 I was privileged to preach for a special anniversary celebration at Messiah Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo. Former Rocky Mountain District President Roger Krause initiated the invitation. He and his wife Bernice are wonderful servants of the Lord!

While in Colorado I saw nephews J.W. and Doug. Doug and Diana are grandparents of the triplets born Christmas Day 2013. Christopher Logan went to heaven the day after he was born. Many of you have prayed nearly two years for Emma Grace and Anna Christine. Photos below.

Both are doing as well as can be expected. Emma has been declared legally blind, is still on oxygen much of the time but is not as dependent on the ventilator as in the past. She has a good appetite and smiles a lot. Anna is doing well, needs to gain some weight but otherwise is in relatively good health. Anna walks and runs independently. Emma walks and runs with the aid of her four wheeled walker, usually with a lengthy oxygen supply tube as her tether.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers for these two miracles! They have come a long way since being born at one pound four ounces each! Praise the Lord for his marvelous grace!

November 8 Terry and I were in Nashville, Tenn. to honor the nine pastors who serve or belong to Our Savior Lutheran Church. Former Mid-South District President David Callies and his wife Nancy were special honorees! These pastors and their godly, patient, supportive spouses are a blessing! We also were blessed to see my niece Rachel and her beautiful family while in the area!

After nearly five years at Concordia University Texas, December 31 will be my last day as Presidential Ambassador for Mission Advancement. The very next day, January 1, 2016, I will begin a new adventure as Inheritance Legacy Consultant with the Lutheran Foundation of Texas.

Prior to election as president of the Texas District and then as LCMS president, I served LFOT as Executive Director. I’ve often said that when no longer involved in church leadership and ecclesiastical supervision I would love to get back in the planned giving saddle. While this move will fulfill that ancient aspiration, Concordia Texas will always have a special spot in my heart.

My new LFOT role will be to assist individuals and families in exercising their privilege as Christian stewards in a manner that makes it possible to create a financial legacy for family members and charities of their choice. Those choices may include local congregations and many other not-for-profit organizations like Concordia. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity for service and thank God for his gift of Christian vocation! A blessed Thanksgiving to you all!

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