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And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to perform a
wedding service for a very special couple. Although the family
was relatively well known, the wedding itself was very small.
When I asked the bride why, she replied, "I'm not going to hug
somebody I don't know."

That feeling was not shared by Greta Peske who married Tony
Hokanson at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell, Minnesota,
this past October 10th. Indeed, Peske reserved a dance at the
reception for a man whom she had met only once in her life.
Even so, that man was, in some ways, responsible for that
wedding taking place.

Let me share: the name of the 51-year-old man from Arkansas
was Danny Daniels. In 2007, he was contacted by medical
personnel. They told him the tests showed he was a good bone
marrow match for a high-school girl who had come down with
leukemia. They wanted to know if he would consent to helping
her out.

Peske thankfully acknowledges, "He didn't have to do what he
did, (that is help her), but he did."

Because of his donation, Peske survived, fell in love, and was
married, and she had a dance with Daniels to show her

When I read that story, I couldn't forget the line, "He didn't have
to do what he did, but he did."

That line described Danny Daniels, and it most certainly
describes the work of the Savior. After Adam and Eve's
disobedience and sin, they -- with all of their descendants --
were doomed to die. There was no escape; there was no cure;
there was nothing they could do other than wait for a bitter and
terrible end.

It was then that the Lord decided to help us.

He would do what was necessary to save us. Nobody asked
Him to make a sacrifice. He did what He did because -- along
with being a just God -- He is also merciful. It was that attribute,
along with grace, which had Him send His Son to save us.

Of course, this was not a simple bone marrow transplant.

Not at all.

This procedure which would save us -- the process which would
rescue us -- called for Jesus to give up His life in a most painful
manner. This He would do after having been rejected by His
country, His religion, and even His own hometown.

He didn't have to do what He did, but He did.

Now all who are given faith in the Redeemer, with repentant hearts,
are forgiven and saved. Now, those who are redeemed and
rescued show their thanks to the Lord, not with a dance at their
 wedding, but by living every day of their lives as if it were a real
Thanksgiving Day.


Dear Lord, You didn't have to do what You did, but You did. May
my life reflect the thanksgiving I feel in my heart. This I ask in
Jesus' Name. Amen.

(Lutheran Hour Ministries)

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