The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:14b).

What a gracious God we have! We rightly confess, like the tax collector in this story, that we are sinners and are in no way deserving of anything good. In humility each week, we confess our sins, and rather than condemnation, we are forgiven for the sake of Christ. As Jesus says, the humble are exalted. God takes the hollow shell of sinners and fills them up with His love, and then makes use of His saints in service to the kingdom, a kingdom which has eternal success. What grace! Have you taken some time to consider how God has blessed you? Have you considered how such blessings might also be used for His glory? Our Gift Planning Counselors are here to help you evaluate your blessings and see how you might put together a charitable gift plan. Such a plan might include the LWML which seeks to reach out to the sinners of the world with the love and Gospel of Christ. Your prayerful consideration of such a gift can be a witness to the grace of God at work, blessing sinners with forgiveness and exalting them with Christ to the kingdom eternally.