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In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one community of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

In Christ shall true hearts ev'rywhere
their high communion find;
his service is the golden cord
close binding humankind.

Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate'er your race may be.
All children of the living God
are surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both east and west,
in him meet south and north;
all Christly souls are one in him
throughout the whole wide earth.

We are Jesus' family as we do God's will.  But what is God's will? Verse 2 of this hymn offers an answer: "His service is the golden cord close binding human kind." What is that service? Could this be our regular gathering to hear God's Word and participate in the sacraments? Perhaps the good works we do for our neighbor in need, or our faithfully living up to God's callings in the many places life takes us? Any place where the Holy Spirit quiets the taunts of the devil, the world and our flesh, kills the old person and raises up the new person in us, any place we go to our cross for the sake of the gospel, there is the golden cord of Jesus' service.

Holy Son, give us eyes to see your service and hearts willing to join you in it. Amen.

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

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