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Saturday, May 18, 2013

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O Master, let me walk with you
in lowly paths of service true;
tell me your secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me your patience; share with me
a closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong,

In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future's broad'ning way,
in peace that only you can give;
with you, O Master, let me live.

There is a word that we hear in the public media almost daily, and that word is "sustainable." As believers in Christ, what sustains our faith from day to day? If it is true that we can only believe what we are loved into believing, then the answer is love, or, as this hymn reminds us, "In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong."

God's presence and love sustains our faith. And our work is to treat people as God in Christ treats us. In the place where we live out our daily lives, there is opportunity to help others in their needs that results "In hope that sends a shining ray, far down the future's broadening way" as we sing in this hymn.

Faith is a gift of God's Grace. Put it to work!

Lord Jesus, we pray that we help others to faith the same way you brought us to trust in you: by loving us and by your presence with us. Amen.

Luverne A. Jacobson
Member, Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland, OR
Master of Divinity , 1963

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