Standing alongside the pastor who dispenses Christ’s gifts as a steward of the mysteries, deaconesses bind up the brokenhearted and the distressed. They go out from the door of the church, and bring in Christ’s lost and broken lambs into His sheepfold where the pastor feeds these lambs by bringing them into communion with Christ as He comes to them in Word and Sacrament. Throughout our Church today, watch for deaconesses to declare humbly through their diakonia: “What is my want? I want to serve. Whom do I want to serve? The Lord in His suffering ones and His poor.”

from Serving Christ by Serving our Neighbor: Theological and Historical Perspectives on Lutheran Deaconesses by Dr. Arthur A. Just and Deaconess Sara M. Bielby