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From the Word: And as we have worn the likeness of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the one from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:49)
From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers
If you choose, you may, in addition, say this little prayer:
I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray Thee to keep me this day also from sin and all evil, that all my doings and life may please Thee. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foae may have no power over me. Amen.
Pulling It Together: Luther encourages us to give thanks for making it through the night. That idea has a little more gravity when there is a global pandemic. So, we should thank God for each new day, as well as delivering us from sin, death, the devil and every other evil. As we will see when we come to “Evening Prayer,” we may go to sleep in peace each night because God has promised to keep watch over those who, through faith, wear the image of their Savior.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for sleep and for the light of a new day. Amen.
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Martin Luther, following St. Augustine, described the sinner as incurvatus in se, as "curved in on oneself." Looking to ourselves for righteousness or spiritual peace will lead us only into pride or despair. It takes the external word of the Gospel to draw us into a saving relationship with God in Christ. Video recordings on DVD, a necessary component of the Lost and Found Bible Study series, feature the pastors of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, MN, the Rev. Scott Grorud and the Rev. David Wollan.