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Sunday, November 11, 2012

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The model of the woman's extravagant gift leaves us gasping in despair. How could we ever be so generous? There is no way. The lesson for Reformation Sunday from Jeremiah 31 has recently reminded us that indeed there is no way—unless God in love writes a new way upon our hearts.

The scriptures again and again remind us that God has the power to create us anew. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me." (Ps. 51:10) It is, indeed, the gift of salvation here and now that God should so transform us into what now looks like God's poetic handiwork. God imprints on us the image of Jesus with the stamp of approval: "Jesus crucified for me." As the hymn concludes, that is the whole of life, the foundation for all our hopes, all our glory and salvation.

O God, it is not natural for us to follow you. We need your love and your creative power to change our heart to the ways of your wholeness and salvation. Make us new, O Lord, so that nothing can ever separate us from your love for us in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

James Boyce
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1971

“On My Heart Imprint Your Image,” ELW 811

On my heart imprint your image,
Blessed Jesus, king of grace,
That life's riches, cares, and pleasures
Never may your work erase;
Let the clear inscription be:
Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my life, my hope's foundation,
And my glory and salvation!

This week's devotions are offered by a Luther Seminary alum from the graduating class of 2005.