Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

John 15:13

Jesus said "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. (NRSV)

Being a superhero comic book aficionado from way back, over 50 years ago, and someone who often wears superhero t-shirts except on Sunday morning, I was pleased to be asked to write a short devotion for your consideration.

Like many of you, I saw and enjoyed the recent "Avengers Age of Ultron" movie where two new characters are fleshed out in many scenes. Toward the end of the movie, one of them, Quicksilver, throws another hero, Hawkeye, out of the way of danger and gets shot multiple times, giving his life for his friend. When I saw this happen, the verse I quoted above came to my mind. But unlike a comic book or a movie, Jesus laid down his life for others in real life, the supreme test of love. Anything else is less.

Jesus, humble and unassuming, who came not to be served but to serve, gives his life for his friends, his disciples, including you and me. The Son of God, the Word Incarnate, lays down his life for us, the greatest love of all. Our Lord Jesus gave, and he gave everything, for all people, even including his enemies. He did not count the cost.

Our Lord Jesus has cleansed us in the waters of our baptisms, we have been marked with his cross and sealed with the Holy Spirit. We are refreshed when we gather together in fellowship at camp, on a canoe trip, in the chapel, and around the Table in the churches we consider home where we are invited to share the body and blood of our Lord who gave himself for us.

The greatest commandment is to love God, the second is like it, love our neighbors as ourselves. On these Jesus tells us, Law and Prophets depend. And Jesus gives us another commandment, to love one another as he loves us, by this we are known as his disciples.  

-Pastor Bruce Hannem
Trinity Lutheran Church
Cook, MN