Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
We can perhaps too quickly read a verse such as this and readily apply it to Jesus,
but shy away from it having anything to do with us.
But pause for a moment.
There is no reason to think that God is not well pleased with us, too.
We are created in the divine image,
and God has blessed each of us and sees us as special.
There are of course times when we disappoint God,
and when what we do is not always pleasing.
But still …. there is no reason not to celebrate
that we are still the beloved of God.
Holy Spirit, open us to hear your possibilities and your promises.
Help us hear, with fresh ears, the story of God’s definitive revelation in Jesus.
May God’s voice speak to our hearts,
dispel our fear,
and call us by name.