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Sunday, September 30, 2018

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Refrain
My Lord, what a morning;
my Lord, what a morning;
oh, my Lord, what a morning,
when the stars begin to fall.

1 You will hear the trumpet sound,
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand,
when the stars begin to fall.  Refrain

2 You will hear the sinner cry,
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand,
when the stars begin to fall.  Refrain

3 You will hear the Christian shout,
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand,
when the stars begin to fall.  Refrain


Sometimes when we are not free to speak or do not want certain people to know what we are saying, we find alternative ways to share our message. The spirituals are an example of this. Spirituals were one way African-American slaves communicated with each other--songs sharing plans for escape, tunes providing assurance, melodies uplifting those in the most dire of circumstances. These songs tell the story of God's love and faithfulness. The songs were how so many held onto God's promises during times and conditions so difficult that we can hardly imagine them. The everlasting power of the spirituals is a testament to the faith of those brave individuals, while serving as a bold example of how people, even in the most oppressive situations, under God's providence will not be silenced.

My Lord, what a morning! Each and every morning is a gift from you, and we are thankful. May we shout and praise your love for us, while sharing that love with everyone we meet. Amen.

René L. Mehlberg, '18
Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Laporte, Minn.


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