Reflections: September 19, 2020
Saturday of the 14th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
Today's Reading: Introit for the 15th Sunday after Trinity (Psalm 86:4, 6, 15a, 16; antiphon: v. 1a, 2b, 3)
Daily Lectionary: Nehemiah 2:11-20; 4:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:1-15
Daily Lectionary: Nehemiah 2:11-20; 4:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:1-15
Be merciful to me, O Lord, For I cry to You all day long. (From the Introit for the 15th Sunday after Trinity)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Do you really cry out to God all day long? Do you even give the Lord a second thought? Ever gone from waking up all the way through the end of the day without evening thinking of the Lord? Without remembering that God created you and gives you what you have every day? Forgetting that you live as one redeemed by Christ the crucified? Without even thinking that you might need the Holy Spirit for your day? Sure we do! That's why this psalm calls us back in repentance to faith in Jesus and trust in His promises.
Tomorrow we have worship at church. We set aside at least one day a week to go and hear God's Word and be reminded that we need to cry to Him all the day long. We need to remember that we so easily forget Him, and to be reminded that He's always around.
More than that, we cry out to God because He's a God who hears us. When you worship and pray, it never crosses the Lord's mind to think, "Oh, well, there you are this time! Where have you been?" Nope. Every time you open your mouth in prayer and praise, whether it's been five minutes or five years, your heavenly Father, who made you His child through the blood of His Son and the water of the holy font, has a smile on His face!
God doesn't forget us the way we forget Him. He doesn't ignore us the way we ignore Him. He won't! He can't! Not since Jesus died and rose again. That sacrifice of the Lamb of God is your promise that the Lord will never forget you. It's something we should never forget but the promise is in His remembering us. As long as He remembers us, we'll be okay. Forgiven. Children of God. Destined for everlasting life. Be merciful to us? God has done exactly that in His Son Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Today our Father calls us; His Holy Spirit waits; His blessed angels gather Around the heav'nly gates. No question will be asked us How often we have come; Although we oft have wandered, It is our Father's home. ("Today Your Mercy Calls Us" LSB 915, st. 3)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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