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Weekly Devotion May 12th

The Gospel for the Daily Office Lectionary today is from Luke 11:1-13.

[Jesus says]: “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  (9-10)

I am currently rereading a book by Paulo Coelho called Manuscript Found in Accra.  It is a novel about the strange Copt man who gathers with people for the last time at Jerusalem on the night before it is destroyed in the year 1099.  At one point Copt replies the words of Jesus: “To he who knocks, the door will open. He who asks will receive.  He who consoles knows that he will be consoled.  Even if none of those things happens when you are expecting it to, sooner or later you will see the fruits of the things you shared with such generosity.”

Chapter after chapters extend the power of faith by Copt.  No matter what appears to be the outcome of disaster and fear, people are encouraged to believe that God is on their side no matter what, and that love will endure forever.  That is our Christian message.  It is Jesus’ words of grace.  It is all that matters if we endure with faith in the hope and mercy of God’s amazing grace.

Pastor Rob

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City

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123 E Market Street
Iowa City, IA 52245