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I realized I had failed the moment I woke up, before I even rolled out of bed. Why I did not do it the night before, I do not know. I had no excuse. Fortunately it was not too late to recover, but it certainly would make things more complicated.

Every night when I go to bed I plug in my phone and iPad so that they are fully charged for the next day. Last night as I went to bed they were both in the 'low power' mode. The chargers were plugged into the wall, and the phone and iPad placed by their side. And when I got up this morning, there they lay, side by side, unplugged. Before I did anything else, I carried all four items with me to the kitchen and got the recharging started. I need the Bible on my iPad to write Thursday's Thirst!

It's up to 64% now, which will get me through until 8:15, but it will not take care of my day. I will need to take my chargers with me, and find ways to charge both items during the course of my day - or function without them. Like I said, it was not too late to recover, but it certainly would make things more complicated.

This puts me into a situation similar to a day that starts without some time in God's Word, or a week without joining God's people for worship. Unplugged I become undercharged. 'Low power mode' and shut down are a real threat. And I never have a good excuse here, either. Thankfully God is merciful. So, though I may have made my life more complicated, his word tells me,"It's not too late."

Why is it so important to be regularly plugged into God's word? "(His) word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119.105) "The sacred writings are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3.15-16) Need more? "The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes ... for in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith.'" (Romans 1.16-17) "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." (Romans 10.17)

God wants nothing but the best for us. And, in his Word and Sacrament, he gives us his best ... the righteousness of Jesus ... redemption ... forgiveness ... guidance ... power ... courage ... peace. "My child," he says to us, "If you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; ...If you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2.1-6)

It makes no sense (to me) to go through life unplugged to this incredible source, yet I know many who do just that ... I just checked my phone, it is already at 95% (so it doesn't take that much). Of course, it doesn't make much sense to leave my phone and iPad laying by their chargers unplugged, either.

And now I hear that I used the wrong towel this morning ... and I cannot find my car keys! Oh, my, how unplugged leads to complicated!

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