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Friday, October 04, 2019

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In July, I attended the Faithful Innovation Summit at St. Thomas University in downtown Minneapolis. Professor Terri Elton had everyone write a letter to their future self. The letter was to describe our current context as a vibrant community where the people cared deeply about each other and recognized God's presence in their midst. Where did we see our church or community as a beacon of hope, and how would we describe the things that hadn't yet happened as instrumental in making this a reality?

We wrote that letter, then sealed it in an envelope. I wrote about something miraculous. I believe our church can end chronic homelessness. I believe this can come true. It won't happen if we, as the church, do the bare minimum. Will we be open to the limitless possibilities that the Holy Spirit is calling us to do? Where is the Holy Spirit calling on you right now?

Holy Spirit, stir up in us your wisdom and understanding to lead your church into a future where your dreams become our reality. Amen.

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

Luke 17:5-10 (NRSV)

5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
6 The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
7 Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'?
8 Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'?
9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?
10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"

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