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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, January 4, 2019

Today’s Scripture ReadingHebrews 1:1–4

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (NRSV)

Reflection
The opening of the book of Hebrews tells us of how Jesus Christ fulfills the promises and prophecies found throughout the Old Testament. If we think back to passages that we’ve studied in the Old Testament, we can find that God sent messages to people in a variety of ways. From visions to dreams to a burning bush, God was actively communicating with God’s people.

Every Sunday, our Sunday school classes watch a short, cartoon-like video about the Bible lesson of the day. Often times God is depicted as a huge hand that comes down from the sky, points to the person that God is talking to, and then points to what God wants the person to do. Sometimes the hand even picks the person up and places them in a different spot! When I see this, I always chuckle and think to myself how wonderful it would be if God just plucked me up and put me where I ought to be.

It can be a challenge to hear God’s voice, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As we have entered into a new year, I challenge us all to build in some time each day to listen and hear where God is calling us.

Prayer
Loving God, I know I don’t always take time to listen, but I long to hear your voice. As life begins to calm down after a bustling Christmas season, help me to slow down and make time to listen to you. Amen.

Written by Briana Belding-Peck, Family Ministry Coordinator

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