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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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The taunting does not end with that first sin. The world taunts us until we find ourselves steeped in darkness and sadness. The world seeks ways to separate us from God's love. Under the pressure of such taunts, we find ourselves waiting for God to act. We recognize, with the psalmist, that if God keeps record of all our sins, we are done for.  We also need to recognize that God wants to forgive us so that we might see who God is. As we are taunted by the world, we cry out to God who will redeem and forgive.

Loving God, we know you will save us as surely as the sun will rise. Give us faith to wait for you in hope as we suffer the taunting of the world that distracts us from your grace. Amen.

Eric L. Bodenstab, '15
Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky, Ohio

Psalm 130 (NRSV)

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

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