Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
It’s good to be back writing for this blog after a week of vacation. It was a nice break, which I really needed, but I missed this. I hope you did too.
And, as you might expect, I have a bit of catching up to do. There’s always a price to pay for going away, so it’s going to be a busy week for me for sure. Started yesterday with worship. We baptized a young girl – on Father’s Day, which I thought was wonderfully appropriate. By the promises of God expressed in water and the Word, she was claimed into the family of our heavenly Father. And as I washed her in water, I couldn’t help but remember my own baptism.
And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
We need to hear that voice, brothers and sisters. We need to hear the voice of our Father calling us “Beloved”, again and again. That’s partly why we gather at this blog – to hear the Word speak to us and to remember who we are as children of God.
Heavenly Father, we are yours. Bought with a price (the death and resurrection of Jesus). Give us grace today to live as children of your Kingdom, not of this world. Help us to hear your small still voice calling us… Beloved. Amen.