December 11, 2009
. . . give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
One weekend, Brasil Lutheran University's music group went to a youth gathering in the city of Santa Catarina. On the way there, the road was clear and traffic was light. The return trip was a different story, however. Traffic was heavy as cars and trucks filled the lanes. That being said, however, nothing special happened. We drove on until we arrived safely at our homes.
And what's so special about this?
Nothing. But, then again, everything.
If there had been an accident and I survived to write this devotion that would have been reason enough to thank the Lord. Right? Isn't the fact we traveled almost 1000 miles with not even a flat tire all the more reason to have hearts of thanksgiving for our Father's care for seven travelers in two cars?
Oddly, it seems we are more ready to give thanks when bad things happen and we are delivered than for all the good God does in our lives. Sometimes -- many times, in fact -- our hectic routines get in the way and we don't even notice His work in our lives.
Still, our Lord Jesus is loving and patient. His presence and care are the signs on our road keeping us safe. Some alert us that repentance is needed ahead, requiring us to stop and think. Others motivate and fuel us to greater faith by reminding us that safety, help, forgiveness, and love are ours and given to us freely -- with a toll. He paid the price by dying in our place, so we can arrive safely.
Hardly. It's always special. God's protection and guidance as we navigate this world and blessings beyond compare.
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, fill our hearts and mouths with thanksgiving for Your daily care and concern for our lives so we make every day a special one to live under Your love. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: Pastor Lucas André Albrecht wrote this devotion. He works with youth at Brasil Lutheran University and is involved in Gospel outreach activities utilizing television, radio, and the Internet. In Brazil, Lutheran Hour Ministries operates under the banner of Cristo Para Todas As Nacoes (CPTN), which means "Christ For All Nations." Through booklets, devotionals, and partnerships with Lutheran congregations, CPTN reaches people throughout the country.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.