GOD PAUSE DAILY DEVOTIONS

Looking for spiritual refreshment? God Pause email devotions are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your email box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience. 

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

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need thy presence ev'ry passing hour;
what but thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me!

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes,
shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
heav'n's morning breaks,
and earth's vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.


This hymn, which is often sung at funerals, recalls the paradoxical nature of life I witness as I minister to seniors and those receiving hospice care.

There is a desire to be with others, and also for time alone.

There are times of sadness, and a desire to laugh.

There are cherished memories, and also hopes for the future.

There are deep existential questions, and also wonder in mundane, everyday moments.

There is a desire to remain independent, and an appreciation for the assistance of others.

There is an acute awareness of the physical, and also a keen cognizance of the spiritual.

There is a need to hear forgiveness, and a yearning to convey forgiveness to others.

There is a need to be loved, and a desire to pass love on to others.

There is a desire to live, yet also a peaceful longing for death.

Lord of every season, who is the same yesterday, today and always, abide with the elderly and the dying, as they bless us. Amen.

David Patterson
Director, Pastoral Care, Luther Manor, Wauwatosa, WI
Master of Divinity , 1985


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