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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

As a director of senior high ministry, my favorite thing about going on mission trips is the way they allow us to live. When we step outside of the comforts (and distractions) of home, we are free to focus on something different. I am amazed year after year at the transformations we all undergo by giving our full attention to serving others, building relationships and living with God. I tell my groups while we are away that THIS is the way God created us to live and I challenge them to have the courage to continue to live this way when we return home—to hold on to the certainty of God's presence in themselves and the people around them, to remember the truth of God's redeeming grace that they've experienced up close in our work and in each other and to examine how God is calling them in their day-to-day lives.

In the end, there is something about experiences like this that tend to mess with our heads a little bit. Even if we get just a glimpse, getting to truly see and experience the glory of God and how we are sent as God's children can be both crippling and inspiring. The question becomes: How can I do this on my own? To which the only answer can be: You won't.

Gracious God, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.

Elizabeth Pedersen
Director of Senior High Ministry, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Maple Grove, Minn.
Master of Arts , 2009

Psalm 19 (NRSV)

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.