January 28, 2014


John 5:1-18

On one Sabbath, John records that Jesus healed a man who had been sick for 38 years. This practice of healing on the Sabbath was opposed by many in his day, to whom he responded, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.”

As a pastor, I have to admit that I am guarded about my days off (though not usually on Sundays). I like to get away from the office, phone, and email—just to relax in a place where no one can intrude on my brief retreat. I prefer to avoid any regular working tasks on my day off.

Like others, as I embrace my down time, I do not often think about the fact that my Father in heaven is still working and there for us around the clock, seven days a week, including federal or personal holidays. For those in nursing homes, hospitals, hospice centers, or alone and isolated in their homes, God is available and responsive to their every need. He is ever available to our pleas. All we need to do is faithfully lift our prayers up to him. He is still listening, comforting, and healing—even on the Sabbath.

Prayer: Faithful Father, guide us to take full advantage of your enduring presence, in all the venues of our lives, that we may grow in our awareness of how high and how deep and how vast and wondrous your love is for all of us—through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.

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