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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 117

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From the Word: 1 Lord, you have been our sanctuary throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born, or you had birthed the earth and the world, even from ages past until forevermore, you are God. (Psalm 90:1–2)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Article

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has created me and all that exists, that he has given me and still preserves my body and soul, my eyes and ears, my reason and all my senses, together with food and clothing, home and family, and all my property. Every day he provides abundantly for all the needs of my life. He protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true!

Pulling It Together: God has given us all we need for life. More than that, he has made himself our home. Paul puts it this way: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The Father’s care for us is so complete that he provides himself as our dwelling place. It is beyond being more at home when someone special is present; he is himself our dwelling. His providence for his creation is certain, for he is an eternal refuge. While we may imagine our existence as uncertain and even fleeting, God’s existence is as never-ending as it is never-beginning. Therefore, our home in him is also infinite. His is an everlasting kingdom, a caring dominion, both faithful and kind to all generations and forever.

Such a caring and generous God deserves our obedience and service, as well as our thanks and praise. This is most certainly true!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord God, for my daily bread. Amen.

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