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Our devotion writers are Luther Seminary alumni. Their reflections are a gift to you and to the church.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How did you start your day? With a quick push of the snooze button? A desperate search for a cup of coffee? A rushed commute to work? By any chance, did your day start with this reminder: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning?" What makes these words particularly poignant is that they were part of a lament bemoaning the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. If ever there was a time to doubt God's steadfast love and faithfulness, that was it.

Still, the poet held out hope for the future. This hope was based not on a pie-in-the-sky optimism that their troubles would soon be over, but rather in the abiding sense of who God is and how God will act on behalf of God's people. We need that hope too. How about waking up tomorrow with a prayer on your lips: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning."

Lord, give me eyes to see the wonders of your love for me and for our world. Amen.

Shelley Cunningham
Pastor, Zumbro Lutheran Church
Rochester, Minn.
Master of Divinity , 1998

Lamentations 3:22-26 (NRSV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.


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