In the wilderness

Daily reading: Luke 3:1-22
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Focus passage: John went throughout the region of the Jordan River, calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins.  Luke 3:3

God comes to an ordinary person, to do something very extraordinary; he offers a way for people to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
It is away from the seat of power and control of the Roman Empire that John offers hope.  He invites and meets people at the river Jordan where their ancestors would have crossed on their journey home from Babylonian captivity.  God calls them out and away, much like the freed slaves from Egypt were called out into the wilderness to begin a new chapter in their life, as children of God and not as slaves of Pharaoh.
It is out and away that God invites us, so that we are free from the distractions of the day, away from the points where we lose perspective and become bogged down with the task at hand, when our patience is strained.  Come God invites us, to begin again.

Prayer: God, help me to fill the world with grace in big and small ways.  Help me to seek you out.  Amen.

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