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La Jolla, California, 92037


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What will you do when things look desperate, before you are rescued? Will you complain? Give up? Whine? The people of Israel did, in the desert, just after being set free from slavery. Their lack of faith that God could help them didn't work out. By contrast, Paul and Silas praised God and prayed, providing a good model for us.

Some people will think it's not possible or not important to praise God when you are in danger, pain or dispair. But praising God when things aren't working out is transformative.

God, help us to be faithful and joyful in everything we face. Thank you. Amen.

Verse to memorize: Acts 16:25 NRSV
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Reflection question
When do you sing hymns to God?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. Other great LCMC churches in San Diego County include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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