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Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Rचpondez, s'il vous plait. Several months ago my family received an invitation to a wedding. What fun, we thought! We signed right up. As the day neared, however, new concerns started pressing in, demanding our time. Even as we wrestled with competing commitments, we did not want to send the message to the couple that some other concern was more important than joining their celebration.

How often have we sent that very message to God? Each day God invites us to come into the divine presence. Yet, many days, we tell God that some other concern has taken priority and we fail to show up.

Not today! Today we are here in God's presence, receiving the bounty that God prepared for us, expecting us. Today, may we be even more aware of all the blessings that God wants to share with us as we celebrate God's Son.

Mighty King, how foolish that we would ever decline your invitation! Continue to invite us because we need to be with you, even when we forget our priorities—especially when we forget our priorities. Amen.

Jill Bergman, '03
Associate Pastor, First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights, Minn.

Matthew 22:1-14 (NRSV)

1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:
2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.
4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, "Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.'
5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.
7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his slaves, "The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
9 Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'
10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
12 and he said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
14 For many are called, but few are chosen."

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