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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Bucket List"

December 21, 2011

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalms 51:10-12

So, what do you have on your bucket list?

Most of us do have things we would like to accomplish before we die. Of course, we generally keep most of those things to ourselves, don't we?

Since that's the case, I was intrigued by an art project that recently was put up in New York City. The project is the brainstorm of a New Orleans artist named Candy Chang.

In front of a construction project, she set up a half-block-long stretch of blank plywood. She also put out a sign which, in part, reads, "What desires do you hold dearest? What is your greatest ambition? What do you want for those you love? Here you can share your individuality with the city."

To make the job easier, she provided baskets full of chalk.

Hundreds of people have responded to the opportunity. One individual longs to be a WNBA player, and another wants to "stop the guns." The responses are varied.
All of this got me to wondering, when the Lord looks down at His people, when He looks into our hearts what does He see written on our bucket lists?

Understand, I'm not talking about the things which ought to be there. When God looks at us, He sees the truth. He knows that which is really important to us.

So, what would He see when He looks into your heart? What do you want to accomplish?

It's my hope your list is better than mine and better than King David's. You see, David is the fellow who wrote the prayer which serves as the theme for this Daily Devotion. Now it is my hope that your list contains things which are more altruistic, more noble, more spiritual, more loving, more giving, more Christian than is ours.

Of course, if your bucket list is like ours and leaves something to be desired, you may want to join us in ...

THE PRAYER: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. This I pray in my Savior's Name whose sacrifice makes the creation of a new heart a possibility and a reality. In His 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

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