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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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The burial of a loved one is a sacred time. Often, tears that may have been held back are finally shed. There is finality to the experience. It's now time to bury the body or ashes. It's time for a last goodbye, a final flower laid in tribute upon the casket. The separation and sting of death are very real in this moment.

Yet into this very real moment of separation, we proclaim hope. We proclaim resurrection. We proclaim that in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has defeated the powers of sin and death. In conquering these foes, the same God who called forth creation out of chaos is able to call us by name out of death into resurrected life. Suddenly this final goodbye is transformed into a "see you later." God's victory in Christ's resurrection is ours. In Jesus we have a future. I look forward to the reunion.

God, the empty tomb is a sign of your great victory over death. Sustain us with the promise of resurrection when we entrust our loved ones, and our very lives, into your care. Amen.

Dan Hanson, '16
Pastor, St. Paul, St. John's, and Nazareth Lutheran Churches, Franklin County, Iowa

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 (NRSV)

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.
15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ--whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised.
17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have died in Christ have perished.
19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.


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