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Love That Says, Tell The Good News
The gospel writer Mark, in chapter 16, tells the story of women coming early to anoint the dead body of Jesus. But when they find the tomb empty and are trembling with fright, an angel appears announcing, "Do not be afraid. He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. He is risen and is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him, just as he told you." Imagine being there! Seeing these women breathless, amazed and barely able to take in such good news.

But those faithful women, first to be told of his resurrection, went as they were told and were the first witnesses to tell this good news. They had to tell others that they had seen Jesus alive again. After seeing our Lord with eyes of faith, we too must testify of what we have seen. It's our call, "You are to testify."

Thank you, Jesus, for your presence with us in the person of the Holy Spirit who even now is transforming my fears into a living hope. Amen.

E. Corinne Chilstrom, '84
Retired ELCA Pastor, Green Valley, Ariz.

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 (NRSV)

26 "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.
27 You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning...
4b"I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, "Where are you going?'
6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:
9 about sin, because they do not believe in me;
10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer;
11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

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