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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"

November 11, 2010

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Praise the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 106:1

Jackie Hooper, a legal assistant in Portland, Oregon, has created a Web site called,

An interesting concept, the site allows people to share the things they wish they coulda, woulda, shoulda shared with someone in the course of their lives.

The site is booming with confessions, accusations, and statements of love.

All are being made by people who, for a multitude of reasons, have been unable to share their feelings and thoughts with the person to whom the remarks should have been directed.

Some of the ideas are filled with grief, while others contain gladness, and others reflect pain. Some, like a letter from a 20-year-old say things like, "Grandma, thank you for showing me that being classy doesn't mean being a snob. You showed me that it is okay to be angry, and that it is hard to show your feelings. Most of all, you taught me to love with my entire being, because that is what you did."

Reading about the site, it occurred to me I have some unfinished business. There have been some special people in my life I have neglected.

Why? Well, just didn't do it ... just thought I'd get to it someday ... just thought they naturally understood ... just ...

Maybe you have such a person or persons in your life.

If so, today might be a good day to talk to them, to let them know what is in your heart.

Indeed, today most certainly is the right day to tell the Savior how you feel about Him. All too often we fail to thank Him for the great sacrifice He made for us. Most certainly, He died on a cross to take away our sins.

But Jesus' crucifixion lasted only about six hours.

We dare not forget how every moment of His entire life was spent resisting temptation, fulfilling the Commandments, doing everything which was necessary to save us.

In short, Jesus did for us that which we could not do for ourselves.

Because of His Work, His Life, His suffering, death, and resurrection we have the opportunity to say, "Thank You."

It's time, don't you think?

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord and Savior, today I ask that You will send the Holy Spirit upon my heart so it may be transformed. Where there is ingratitude and thanklessness may I be given a new heart that says, "thank You" for all You have done and continue to do in my life. In Your 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: Daniel 3-4    Titus 2

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