The Correct Answer
LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of July 11, 2021
The Correct Answer
You many know the drill if you’ve been hospitalized:
- What is your name?
- What is your birthdate?
- Where are you?
“I’m right here” is not the preferred answer, even though it’s clever. Stumbling for an answer or out-right not knowing the answer are not portents of a favorable outcome either. Add to that a cute pair of fuzzy, yellow, hospital-issue slippers that playfully romped footlessly and imaginary roommates, and… well, the hospital will have the honor of your presence for a few extra days.
If only I had answered the question correctly, well, the stay might have been longer—and perhaps even more severe. I should have replied, “I’m right here with Jesus.” Or better yet, given the circumstances, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me” (Ps. 16:8).
Wherever you are, Jesus is with you, even if you’re confused about where you are or what you’re doing there. It’s easy to forget this, especially when things are going well, and even surprisingly easier to forget when you’re under duress! Remember to pray for yourself, just as you pray for others.
People of faith can pray with comforting confidence when, as taught by Luther, they pray “… for into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.”
Those words are always good. Even when you’re not quite yourself.
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association
Quoted Scripture: NLT®
Knee notes: The author regrettably failed to make good on his intent to keep LEAnews and LEA devotions going throughout the summer. He missed several issues due to an unanticipated recovery/rebuilding routine following a knee replacement (with complications such as delirium and hallucinations). This is an attempt to kick-start the devotional process—and thank God for patient caregivers and wife!
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