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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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Have you ever thought to yourself: what an injustice it was that the Lord of heaven was born in such a lowly, forsaken way? Indeed, he was not born of justice. But his birth was exactly right. In that manger in that forgotten town, God's righteousness and steadfast love looked down from the sky. In that moment, God chose to turn the power of the world upside down. And what sprung up from the ground? Faithfulness. The faithfulness of the shepherds who were curious enough to check out this strange happening. The faithfulness of Joseph for his beloved young Mary as she labored. She could not have given birth without him. With Mary and Joseph, we see how righteousness and peace kiss each other in order to bring about God's future for us. Perhaps Christ's birth was the fruit of injustices. But God saw to it that it was just right.

Lord, we often find ourselves in difficult times and places. Make a path for our steps in such times. Show us you are still near. Amen.

Amy E. Marga
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Psalm 85:1-2; Psalm 85:8-13 (NRSV)

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. (Selah)...
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

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