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Saturday, September 29, 2012

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A hymn for me has to have two things: a tune that I do not get tired of and great words that I can use my imagination to relate to.

"Gather Us In" for me fits both criteria. It acknowledges God's presence wherever the hymn is sung and names us all—the lost and forsaken, the rich and the haughty, the blind and the lame. We have become God's own through our baptisms and the eating and drinking of the wine of compassion and the bread that is Christ.

Gracious God, may we see you in all people within all circumstances. Amen.

William Nordmark
St. James Lutheran Church, Burnsville, Minn.
Master of Divinity , 1979

"Gather Us In," ELW 532

The words to the hymn in today's devotion cannot be printed because the hymn is copyrighted. While we are not able to publish it online, you can find the hymn in ELW 532. Thank you for your understanding.

This week's devotions are offered by a Luther Seminary alum from the graduating class of 1997.