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"The Chapel"

October 18, 2009

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(Jesus said) "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer. . . .'" Luke 19:46b

Ain't technology grand?

You just never know what science is going to come up with and what need it's going to answer. It seems as if there's nothing man can't do when he sets his mind to it.

Indeed, from what statistics say, there are many people who think of God as being irrelevant.

This reminds me of a time, years ago, when Long Island's Camp Upton was converted into a research base. The job of the scientists employed there was to discover new uses for atomic power.

The camp really became quite a show place -- important enough for a herd of reporters to be given the 25-cent tour.

The scientist serving as host proudly pointed out the various buildings and explained how they were being used. He did an excellent job until the tour came to the chapel. That's where the group stopped and there was a silence.

Eventually, the scientist confessed, "We haven't found any use for that chapel."

One of the newsmen there that day later commented, "I saw Hiroshima. Maybe they ought to use that chapel."

That reporter hit the nail on the head. God has given many gifts to humankind. But no matter how far we may have come, no matter where we go, there are some things we just can't do.

We may prolong life, but we can't stop death. We can give medicine, but we can't offer eternal hope.

The truth is obvious: we need God.

He can do things for us nobody else can do. Through the sacrifice of His Son He has given us forgiveness, freedom, contentment, hope, and eternal life.

Maybe that chapel should have been used as a chapel back at Camp Upton.

And maybe, just maybe, our friends and family members, our neighbors and our coworkers, ought to use the church in their neighborhood too.

From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we give thanks for the blessings of technology. They, like all other bounties, are gifts from You. Now we pray that humanity may see its limitations and how much the world needs the Savior and the salvation His sacrifice bestows. Grant us humility and hope in Him. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

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

Today's Bible Readings: Jeremiah 1-2    Acts 26

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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