Tuesday, 22nd week of Pentecost

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Text: Acts 26:24-27:8

Prayer Pointers:

For guidance from God in all your decision making

For our fellow citizens and our country on this election day

For those who work jobs of all types in sea and airports

HAD HE NOT CHOSE AS HE DID, Paul would have been set free that day. After weeks of “house” arrest, and three hearings, Agrippa and Festus are ready to let Paul go. But the law is clear: an appeal to Caesar must finish its course.

But, you say, did Paul really choose? After all, the story so far has noted more than once how it was the Lord’s will for Paul to be heard in Rome, that great city. Paul did not choose but was chosen—elected! —that he might bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Our world, of course, is built on the necessity of choice. We are all free to choose. We are not so sure that we are free to NOT choose, for as one pop song put it “if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!” We reject the idea that some things in life are simply part of the fabric of existence, completely beyond our choices and therefore only for us to accept as boundaries or limits on our lives.

But what if you make the wrong choice? Teens know the agony of wrong choices, because everything in life at that age is overpacked with meaning and importance, but even seasoned adults are not immune. Part of the blessing of maturity is being able to recognize which decisions are “important” and which are not, but who among us is impervious to the nostalgia or regret that comes from reflecting on the choices we have made?

Cast all your anxieties on God, for he cares deeply for you. Peter writes this reminder in his first letter, and it is a good word to remember today, and every day. Pray for guidance, decide in faith and rest in God, trusting him to bring forth Kingdom fruit from all our choices.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.