Receiving Grace

Daily reading: Luke 3:1-22
Thursday, January 12, 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 leads John the Baptizer to invite the repentant into the unsure waters of the Jordan, at a place where the current can take you under and toss you around, much like life, but in the end, John confidentially lifts each person out of the water, holding them and reminding them that God offers us forgiveness and release from our past so we can set our eyes more clearly on God in the future.  In the messiness of our human lives, God offers this divine grace that puts us back together in a different shape.
While the baptism of our Lord is briefly mentioned; Luke doesn’t even tell us who it was that plunged him under the waters; but it is also the place where he begins his public ministry.  In the wilderness. In a place where the current might have tossed him around. But in the end he was lifted out.  He began with a symbolic action that points us to a grace-filled life.
You see, when we live into grace, we are more forgiving of ourselves and of others, it is the foundation of a grace-filled community.

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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