Has Always Been There
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Have you ever played “Uncle?” One wrestles the other down until he gives in saying, “uncle.” There is no way out except to give up. Yes, it is a way of crying out for “mercy.” Mercy is love and favor that is not earned, but given out of compassion for the predicament one is in. The Good Samaritan showed “mercy” on the traveler robbed and beaten and left to die. That man (notice that he is never given a name or other identity?) was helpless and could not even cry out “uncle.” He certainly loved the Samaritan after that because was there and provided for him even after he departed.
God has always been there for each one. Note the grammar of, “has always” and “has heard.” It is a continuing action. God continues to hear the cries of his children and continues being there with each one. He has always been there hearing, is there right now being and hearing, and will always be there hearing. It is like the frightened or ill child crying out in the night knowing that parents are there and hear. It is the parent who seems asleep but is alert to not only the cries, but also the more subtle sounds whether the child is asleep, playing, or whatever the activity might be. God never slumbers nor sleeps, [Psalm 121:4]. We take God for granted in that his presence is both so obvious and so subtle from the air to breathe to the wondrous healing and restoring we experience in these earthly lives. These point only to the perfect healing in eternal life.
Psalm 32:5b I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Psalm 116:6b …when I was brought low, he saved me…For you have delivered my soul from death, and my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.i
Romans 5:8b …but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Psalm 116:12-13 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord…
Prayer: Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! For Jesus’ sake. Amen. [Psalm 85:4; 70:1].
(Devotion by Pastor Richard Mau of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines, IL)
Readings for this week include:
Psalm 1 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 Matthew 22:34-46
This Weekend @ Immanuel
- Planning the Planting: 9:00 AM
- Divine Service @ 8 and 10:30 AM
- Sunday School & Bible Studies: 9:15 AM
Service Theme: A Dream Come True
Immanuel’s prayer list.
*For those who are ill and recovering
*Comfort to the Schultz family at Martha’s death. Strength knowing the promised resurrection to all who die in Christ and knowing Jesus’ last words at one’s last moment, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” [Luke 23:46]
- Trish and her family with the gift of a kidney.
*For the Planning the Planting group as they prepare presentations for the congregation’s consideration, that the work fulfills Jesus’ promise in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
*For many to join Bible Study groups to grow in faith and knowledge in God’s word, and to strengthen each other in the bonds of Christian fellowship.
*During Fire Prevention Month (October) we pray for those who serve to protect persons and property from fires and other disasters. We include Jim Stricker of the Leyden Twp. Fire Department as we give thanks for their service and pray for their safety in times of danger.
*For 2nd Lt. Michael Mau as he reports to Marine Officer Basic School at Quantico, VA next week.
*For Immanuel’s children and youth to be confident and active witness of saving faith with classmates, fellow team members, family and others they meet.
*For political campaigns to be held in truthfulness and to be informative for the populace to conscientiously elect public servants who will lead with compassion for the needs of all people, speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and provide for the defense and welfare of all.
*For those seeking work to find employment and appropriate wages. For employers to find faithful workers to fill their positions. Thanksgiving for the work that so many are given.
*For New Starts New Believers work throughout the Northern Illinois District that encourages and supports established congregations and new missions alike in new and renewed ministries to bring the Gospel of Jesus to those who have yet to hear and believe.
*For Immanuel Lutheran and Lord of Life Lutheran (Naperville) exploring together mission into the ethnic communities that surround each congregation.
*For Rev. Samuel Shin (Korean Lutheran pastor) in his endeavors to establish mission outreach into communities in the greater Chicago area.
*For the LWML and this month’s mission offerings that carry the Gospel to hearers throughout the world.
*For the Des Plaines Crime Stoppers service in our community to enhance the safety and well being for all.
*For someone to cross your path this week to invite to come and hear God’s love that drives out all fear.
*As we continue daily readings of the new church starts in Acts, that each one can internalize and implement this fevered proclamation of the Gospel at Immanuel, in our community and throughout Christianity.
This Week in the Word
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