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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Being an older sister can be tough. As hard as I may have tried, there have been certain times in my life that I just couldn't keep myself out of my brother's business. I could use the argument that I love him and want the best for him, but I suppose that's no excuse. I am sure that if it were socially acceptable to do so, many of us would love to give our opinions to people we encounter on how we think they should live. But how can we really say what that is? Do we really even know what's best for our own lives, let alone the lives of others? If we let ourselves, it would be easy to get caught up in questioning what is right, where to go and how God wants us to live. Of course we will make mistakes, but at the end of the day the only thing we know for sure is the faith that God loves, redeems and renews us. If we hold fast to that faith, the rest will fall into place.

Heavenly father, give us faith to trust your leading in our lives. Amen.

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

John 2:13-22 (NRSV)

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
16 He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
18 The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?"
19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
20 The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?"
21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

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