Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.

Matthew 11:28-30

A message from Louise Johnson,
LEAD Consultant


A word of hope from church leaders across the country

May these reflections nourish, support, and uplift you.

Pastor Gus Barnes, Jr.

Faith Lutheran Church, Cuba City, WI

A reflection on
Isaiah 43

Bishop Tracie Bartholomew

New Jersey Synod, Hamilton Square, NJ

A reflection on
Psalm 69

Pastor Kristen Capel

Eagan, MN

A reflection on
Hebrews 12

Pastor Neris Diaz-Cabello (Spanish)

Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin IL

A reflection on
Isaiah 41:10

Pastor Ruben Duran (Spanish)

Director for Congregational Vitality – ELCA, Chicago, IL

A reflection for leaders

Pastor Sarah Goettsch

Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

A reflection on
Psalm 23

Pastor Ernie Hinojosa

Rejoice Lutheran, Coppell, TX

A reflection on
Isaiah 40:25-31

Pastor Ed Kay

St. Paul’s Lutheran, Lutherville, MD 

A reflection on
Isaiah 42:1-19

Yvonne Jones Lembo, MDiv

ELCA Foundation, Camden, DE

A reflection on
Psalm 46

Pastor Mark Narum

Trinity Lutheran, Bismarck, ND

A reflection on
Ezekiel 37:1-14

Pastor Alvaro Nova (Spanish)

Communidad de Esperanza, Tulsa, OK

A reflection on
Matthew 28:16-20

Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud

Wartburg Theological Seminar, Dubuque, IA

A reflection on
Matthew 28:16-20

Pastor Mark Rigg

Advent Lutheran, West Lawn, PA

A reflection on
Psalm 139:1-12

Bishop Mike Rinehart

Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Houston, TX

A reflection on
Matthew 6

Bishop Kevin Strickland

Southeastern Synod, Atlanta, GA

A reflection on
Matthew 28:1-10