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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"His Presence"

September 18, 2006

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"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20

Is it really possible to live and walk with Jesus in this day and age? Can we walk with Him in the shop, in the office, in the household, in the street? When trouble comes and work wears on us and our best-laid plans fall to pieces, can we then walk with God?

The answer is a confident yes. It is not necessary to flee behind stained-glass windows or into a quiet corner to have Jesus' continuing presence. He who knew the streets and shops of Nazareth and carried the cross of our salvation up a street in Jerusalem knows the streets of our cities and towns as well as we do. He knows the temptations they offer. He hears their noise and confusion. He sees the problems they bring. Our faith brings Him near through His Word and Sacraments.

Our faith is not everything it should be if it fails us in the everyday experiences and troubles in life. For great trials and sorrows our Lord gives great strength. But He also gives the steady power to bear the little problems of life, the daily annoyances, and the small difficulties in office, shop, or household. He is always present, a powerful Savior, a warmhearted friend, a loving companion in business and at home.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we thank you that You are always near and ready to help in every need. Help us to realize Your continual presence so that by Your gracious power we may always walk with You. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 20-22    Ephesians 5:1-16

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