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Dear fellow saints in Christ,

It is one of my favorite pictures from the Bible.  I never tire of looking at it.  In fact, I always look forward to it when I know that I am going to have the opportunity to see this painting!

Which picture do I have in mind?  It is none other than the grand painting of heaven that is captured by the inspired words of John in Revelation 7, especially with these words:  “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”

I don’t know about you, but whenever I see this painting of all of the redeemed in heaven, I look for the faces of people I have known and loved.  And in my mind’s eye, I see them!  I see my parents!  I see my stillborn grandson!  I see my grandparents!  And I see the faces of many brothers and sisters in Christ whom the Lord gave me the privilege of serving as members of the congregations I have served during my ministry!

I just love looking at their faces as they are gathered around the throne of the Lamb!  The expressions of peace and the looks of utter and complete joy on each of their faces are sights to behold!  And I am comforted in knowing that is where they are at this very moment and in what they are doing!  They are in the presence of Jesus, forever praising Him!  And, what is most certainly an even greater thrill than is my seeing their faces is the fact that they are now and forever beholding the face of Jesus, the Lamb!

When it comes right down to it, that word picture in Revelation captures why you and I are still here, looking at this painting longingly from a distance.  Our mission here is to be talking to the people whose faces we still see every day in our places of work, in our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our communities about the Lamb, Jesus Christ and how through faith in Him their sin-stained robes are washed with His blood and made white so that someday, one day, they too, will be “before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple.”

At this point, I want to simply say to you and remind you that each and every day of the school year, that mission is carried out in each of our Lutheran Day School ministries!  Every day the children enrolled in our schools hear both God’s Law and God’s Gospel!  Every day the Spirit has the opportunity to work faith in the hearts of the children who don’t have a church home and who otherwise might not hear the Word of God so that someday they can be in the picture of Revelation 7.  And every day He has the opportunity to strengthen and grow the faith of the many children who have been baptized and brought to faith until our gracious God brings them to Himself in heaven.

It is exactly for that reason and mission that I encourage you and your congregation(s) to provide both prayer support as well as financial support to our Christian Day School ministries through the C.R.O.S.S. appeal.  Your gifts will help to strengthen each of our Lutheran Day Schools in the mission of “bringing the children to Jesus so that He can put His hands upon them and bless them”

That’s also one of my favorite pictures!  I’m quite certain it is also one of yours!

In Christ,

Pastor Dave Strohschein

Mission and Ministry Facilitator - Education  

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Received as of 10/30/14