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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

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Did you know that people are imperfect? Personally, my life seems to be living proof of this. Imperfections can feel frustrating and limiting. There are so many moments, even entire days or lengths of time, when we feel like we are not enough. Then we take a step back and remember that God lives within each of us. Remember back in Sunday school when you were told that Jesus is in your heart? While the Sunday school crafts might be gone, the message is the same: Christ lives in you. Passages like this one in Hebrews remind us that, far beyond what humans are capable of, God is enough. When faced with challenges or human limitations, how much stronger would you feel if you looked at yourself in the mirror and reminded yourself: God is in me, so I am enough.

Loving God, we lay our imperfections before you, and pray that you take away our sin, pain and brokenness. Live in us, work in us, so that with your help, we might be enough. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Emily Martin, '17
Associate Pastor, Cambridge Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Minn.

Hebrews 9:24-28 (NRSV)

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
25 Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own;
26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment,
28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.


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