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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

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It's rare that I get a quiet moment. It's why I love mowing the lawn -- it's my thinking time. I'm almost always thinking about what else I need to get done: What will the next sermon be about? How will we get the kids to their activities? What will I make for dinner?

This tends to be the way I'm wired for bigger decisions too. My brain sees what could be -- what the possibilities are -- and wants to get them done. But I've also seen the tremendous benefit to waiting, to putting my trust in God and letting myself be still. Listen. Discern. Yet this is not a guarantee that the answer I'm seeking is the one that I want to follow.

When the psalmist suggests to refrain from anger, the challenge is to commit to God, even when it's difficult to do the right thing.

God of stillness, bring us peace in our discernment and guide us to solutions that display your grace and love for this world. Amen.

John Klawiter, '12
Senior Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, Minn.

Psalm 37:1-9 (NRSV)

1 Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,
2 for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret -- it leads only to evil.
9 For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

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