LWF General Secretary Anne Burghardt reminds Christians of the call to love God and serve the neighbor
(LWI) – In her New Year message for 2024, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Anne Burghardt reminds Christians of the call to love both God and neighbor. This “double commandment” invites the LWF communion to share Christ’s guiding light in the darkness, offering hope and encouraging “us to go out into the world and serve all people.”
Burghardt reflects on moving from one calendar year to the next. Although there are many other calendars and systems of counting time globally, many of LWF’s member churches are in countries that use the Anno Domini (AD) calendar, which is linked “to the birth of this little child whose coming into the world happened almost unnoticed.” Through love embodied in Jesus, God “entered the world with all its struggles and suffering but also with its joys and happiness,” she notes.
As another year gives way to a new one, the general secretary invites the global Lutheran communion to reflect on how to measure the days of the calendar. Is it “in things achieved and accomplished, in lessons learned, in travels made, in books read? Or in something else?” Citing the Watchword for 2024, “Let all you do be done in love,” she hopes that these words can offer guidance and direction into “how a new year can be measured.”
Read the full message below: