November 8 NEVERTHELESS

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Ezekiel 18:1-19:14;  Hebrews 9:1-10;  Psalm 106:32-48;  Proverbs 27:10

“Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage;

he gave them into the hands of the nations,

so that those who hated them ruled over them…

Many times he delivered them,

but they were rebellious in their purposes

and were brought low through their iniquity.

NEVERTHELESS

he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry.

For their sake he remembered his covenant,

and he relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.”  Psalm 106:40-45

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“If we are faithless, he remains faithful.”  2 Timothy 2:13

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We are not so unlike the children of Israel,

who, even though they experienced deliverance upon deliverance

and miracle upon miracle

and visibly saw the glory of the Lord

go before them as fire by night and cloud by day,

and the walls of Jericho fall at their feet

and their enemies driven away by the Hand of God,

turned away from Almighty God

to chase after idols and adopt the ways of the unbelieving

nations around them.

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We, who have been saved by faith,

washed in the waters of Baptism,

partaken of Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist,

have succumbed to the siren song of sin

seeking to please ourselves rather than God,

to listen to “new”, “enlightened” voices of this age

promising self-fulfillment, bank accounts overflowing,

and disease free living;

have neglected God and His Word by skipping worship,

by stingy giving,

by neglecting the needs of our neighbors.

NEVERTHELESS

God remembers that He sent His beloved Son, Jesus, to this earth to be the price-payer for our very

rebellious souls.

He remembers the cost of His Son’s life

given freely on the Cross–for us–

and in his never ending love and compassion

has mercy on us when we cry out to Him

dirtied from the pollution of our choosing,

and puts His Son’s robe of righteousness upon us!

Thank you, Father God for the NEVERTHELESS aspect of Your relationship with us;  that in spite of our weakness and waywardness, you let us come before Your throne by grace.  Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice, for breaking down the wall that separated us from the Father, for your continual intercession on our behalf.  Thank you Holy Spirit, for bearing the sword of Truth that pierces our hearts, convicts us of our sin, and restores us to fellowship with one another and with You. “Save us, O Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your Holy Name and glory in Your praise.  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! —and let all the people say “Amen!”  Praise the Lord.

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