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"The Lord Watches"

August 24, 2009

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He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:3-8

The recent mid-air collision between a helicopter and an airplane over the Hudson River was recorded by an Italian tourist, who was learning how to operate his new camera.

That's how the news programs were able to repeatedly show us the tragic accident that took nine lives.

What they weren't able to show is the area's air-traffic controller talking on the phone about a dead cat. Nor could they show the supervisor who wasn't in the building as is required by law.

Now the Federal Aviation Administration has said they "have no reason to believe . . . that these actions contributed to the accident. . . ." But they also said, "this kind of conduct is unacceptable."

I'm sure that's true. Even so, we'd all very much like to believe that when we're in the air, or on the road, or on a train, or going anywhere, that the people responsible for getting us to our destination are continuously operating at 100 percent efficiency.

That's what we'd like to believe; but we can't.

We don't know anyone -- not even the most dedicated of individuals -- who can stay perfectly on task 24/7. We're all human. We get distracted; we get tired; we forget, and our minds wander.

Truly, our weaknesses bring into sharp definition the complete commitment of our Savior.

Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus gave His undivided attention to doing the Father's business. And what was the Father's business? It was nothing less than the saving of our souls.

24/7. That was the time schedule Jesus put in throughout His life. During that time He was misunderstood, rejected, hated, mocked, lied about, spit upon, whipped, and murdered. Satan threw temptations at Him that would make an ordinary man or woman buckle.

Still, Jesus continued on and because He did, because He was never distracted, all who believe on Him are saved and given the knowledge they shall live forever in heaven.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for doing that which we would find impossible, we will always be in Your debt. May we -- faithfully and well -- show our gratitude as we live this day, and as we go through every day. In Your Name. Amen.

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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 26-27    1 Corinthians 15:1-28

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