January 10 Edevotional

“About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.’”                              Mark 1:9 – 11

In the Epiphany of our Lord rests two major stories—the visit of the Magi of the East following the light of a new star that came to rest over the home where Jesus lived, and the baptism of Jesus by John when the light and power of the Holy Spirit came to rest upon Jesus. Two stories that illuminate the divinity of Jesus to those who are seeking a word and a way for their lives.

The Sacrament of Baptism that we will renew, affirm, and celebrate this coming Sunday, is a holy covenant made between us and our God. It is a symbol of this great gift of God, calling us Beloved and breathing the breath of God, the Spirit of God into us. I had lunch recently with a beautiful young person who shared the struggle that she had with self-esteem. What made the difference for her, what filled her with the knowledge that she is loved, was hearing again that God loves her just as she is. May it be so for each of us as we remember, renew, and invited to believe that the very spirit of God rests in us. All we need do is let go of the many other messages we receive and give ourselves and hear the mighty words, “You are my Child, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”

Pastor Sherrie

HAPPENINGS

Don’t forget Monday, January 15
MLK day of service
Please check the link for more information
http://northbrookumc.org/service-and-missions/

Sunday, January 14
Faith Formation classes resume at 10:15
for our children Pre-K to grade 5
6th through 12 resumes February 18

Wednesday, January 17
Book Group resumes at the Greulich home
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

 

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