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A great story draws the listener in so we are right there. We sense the feelings--the terror, fear, hopelessness and despair. We are the disciples. We are Peter. We are the lost ones. Yet the story is not about the disciples or Peter or us. It's about him--Jesus. Read again carefully and really hear the words. Notice the number of times the words "he" or "him" are used. Who is the story about? Not us. Not our feelings. The story is about Jesus. The story reveals this one as no ordinary man. This is THE Savior. Like the disciples, we have times of sheer terror and fear in our lives. With Peter, desperate for salvation, we reach up and cry out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus did. Jesus does. Jesus will. This is the good news. In Jesus, God reaches down into our world and saves us. With the disciples, let us fall down before Jesus and worship. Let us confess with our lips, "Truly this is the Son of God!"

Lord Jesus, I fall down before you this day. You are the miracle. You are the gift. You are the Savior, the one who saves me this day and always. With my life and with my lips, I confess, "Truly, you are the Son of God!"

David P. Grant, '80
Interim Pastor, East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, Minn.

Matthew 14:22-33 (NRSV)

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.
25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.
26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."
28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.
30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

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