Luke 3:21-22 (NIV)

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:22 (NIV)

22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

DEVOTION – Roland P. Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

Quietly, over a number of months, I fell into the bad habit of allowing myself to be dragged down into a pit of worry and despair.  I began to worry even when I had nothing to worry about.  This Habit led to pessimism that was not helpful to me, my family, or others around me.

By grace, I found Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus.  God’s Holy Spirit descends on Jesus in the form of dove, and a voice speaks directly to Jesus saying, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”  In this profound moment, Jesus’ identity was confirmed.

These days, when worry and doubt begin to assail me, I have a new way of dealing with them.  Over and over again I repeat these words:  You are my beloved.  With you I am well pleased.  In a world of distraction and noise, I find it helpful to remember that God loves me.

When times get tough and the world seems to weigh us down, we can remind each other that we are God’s beloved children.  And God is pleased with us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will remember that I am God’s beloved.

PRAYER:   Thank you, God, for Jesus Christ, through whom we have all been called your beloved.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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