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Sunday, May 03, 2015

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My wife and I spent a year in Aberdeen, Scotland, after my seminary graduation. It was the beginning of 50 years of traveling to various parts of the world. One of the greatest gifts I received that year was seeing my country through the eyes of the people of Scotland.

When our congregation sings the hymn "This Is My Song," I am often walking down the aisle because it is our processional hymn. My eyes tear up as I sing and listen to the words that claim that the whole world belongs to God, that the people of other nations have the same pride and joy for the place they call home as we do. It is in the midst of the wars that always seem to be raging that I join the hymn writer in longing for the day when we let God have God's way and we claim all of the world's people as our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of our nation. Thanks for the gift of all nations. May your Spirit unite us in love and service for each other. Amen.

Franklin Lee
Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, Fla.
Doctorate of Ministry , 1965

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