GOD PAUSE DAILY DEVOTIONS

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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, October 02, 2013

"Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Portions of this Funeral Prayer, from the Book of Common Prayer accompany our God Pause reflections for this week)

And the evening comes...

Timothy's calling isn't something that he has cooked up on his own. It's not something he can claim or possess simply because of his great personal relationship with Jesus. Timothy's calling goes far deeper than that. It reaches back to his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. It is nurtured by Paul's mentoring and teaching, but it comes originally from God through Christ Jesus, even before the ages began. We all have been given this good treasure, this calling by God through Christ Jesus. We are called into the world, called to suffer for the gospel, and called to rely on the power of God. Christ is with us even before the first gasps of air we take in this world, and continues with us even beyond our last.

Let us pray. We give you thanks O God, for in the beginning you have called all things into being. Inspire us with your Holy Spirit that we may bring life and immortality to light through our actions in this world. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Matthew J. Tingler
Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Nashua, N.H.
Master of Divinity , 2010

2 Timothy 1:1-4 (NRSV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.
4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,
9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher,
12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.
13 Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
14 Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.


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