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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 238

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From the Word: 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in an instant, in the fluttering of an eye, at the last trumpet blast. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be transformed. (1 Corinthians 15:51–52)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers

Morning Prayer

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: We entrust ourselves this day to the care of the one who will bring us into everlasting day. As eyelids flutter into wakefulness, our sleeping eyes—at the command of the Lord—will be instantly awakened. We will be transformed from death to life just as surely as we are from sleeping to waking. We have commended ourselves to the only one who can make it happen—and has promised to do so. Entrust yourself each morning, not simply to an angel’s care, but to the one who cares for you forever.

Prayer: Open my eyes, Lord, to see that you are with me. Amen.

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Many Gifts, One Lord considers grace in relation to the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to show that the grace of God is free to flow with all those gifts without causing division and disharmony in the body of Christ. It is interesting that we really never seem to tire of gifts. Sad to say many go through life not even aware that they have specific gifts; which could not only be a blessing to themselves but to others. 

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