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The Moravian Church, a protestant church established by followers of the martyr John Huss in 1457, 50 years or so before Martin Luther, uses as its symbol the Lamb of God with a flag of victory. Around the lamb is this inscription: "Our Lamb has conquered; let us follow Him." A lamb is a gentle, humble mascot for a church. But gentle and humble doesn't mean powerless. Jesus is the Passover lamb. Jesus is the sacrificial lamb. He is the lamb that was slain. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, conquered through the cross so that all who believe might have abundant life. This is the One we follow. It is around the Victorious Lamb that all the angels and every creature in heaven and earth sing in full voice. This Victorious Lamb unites all creatures in singing honor, blessing, glory and praise forever and ever.  This is the one we worship. As disciples, "let us follow Him."

Lord God, united with all your creation, we do praise and worship you. We ask for help to be your disciples and faithfully follow you even though we do not know where you are leading. In Jesus' name, amen.

Laurie Skow-Anderson
Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, Minn.

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

12 singing with full voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, "To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"

14 And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the elders fell down and worshiped.

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