October 15th, 2017

Read "1 KINGS 3:12-17" & "PSALM 147:1-11

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

"And he rose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God." (1 KINGS 19:8)


More than one person has told me that the reward for hard work is more hard work. I also believe that each rung of our ladder of life prepares us for the next step. While such imagery can be daunting, it can also be comforting when we realize that the tasks God gives us today only serve to prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow.

The story of Elijah helps us view God's loving guidance for our tasks through His window of love. As Elijah made his plans to go to the mountain of God, the angel of the Lord came to him and strengthened him in advance for his long and arduous journey. Not only would God be waiting for Elijah when he reached his destination, but He would also grant him the provisions beforehand.

Our precious Jesus prepared the way for our wilderness journey here on earth as well. It was planned before the creation of the world, and all our provisions have been made. Trusting in His guiding love, we can confidently continue on one day at a time until we reach our final destination.

Dear Father, thank You for preparing my journey through this life. May I be willing to walk with You every step of the way. Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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