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Monday, May 07, 2018

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I needed relief from a difficult day in that new land of Eastern Montana. The sky was just beginning to show a bit of color as sunset painted the underside of clouds. I hurried to my car to make it to the brow of a nearby hill overlooking the plains before the display ended. I needn't have worried; the colors went on and on as if God knew my need. Pink and magenta took over, the range of oranges, increasingly more golden as the sun dipped. A symphony orchestra was playing out in bright hues in this big sky country. God, a boon companion who knew the fullness of my heart, understood my troubles of the day without my saying a word. I could not hide the pain and anger, making God's searching me out--fully accepting me and loving me with a boundless love--even more incredible.

Dear Lord, wherever I am, I am never alone! What an incredible blessing. Thank you for your vigilant knowing of my heart, always being present with me and guiding me. Amen.

Kristin D. Anderson, '88
Retired Pastor, Roseville, Minn.

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 (NRSV)

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said,
16 "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus--
17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry..."
21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us--one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection."
23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
24 Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen
25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place."
26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

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