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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 25, 2013

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The star of promise that shone throughout the nights of Advent has now become the sun of grace. The dawn of Christmas has appeared. This day we celebrate our source, our light, our life, our desire. In Christ, the Word made flesh, we encounter the source from which all our hopes and dreams both originate and find their fulfillment. As we await Christ's final advent, we continue to walk by faith, but we walk in the light of Christ who rightly orders our human longings and desires. We continue to hunger and thirst for justice. We continue to yearn to behold the beauty of the Lord. We continue to long for the day of shalom for all God's creation. These holy desires flow through our lives as we celebrate God's coming to dwell with us.

Laura Thelander
Seminary Pastor, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1997

John 1:1-5, 14 (NRSV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being
4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

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