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Friday, December 20, 2013

Today’s Reading | John 1:19–28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said,
     “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
     ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’”
as the prophet Isaiah said.

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing. (NRSV)


One winter, when my daughter was about five, she looked at the bare branches of the trees and said, “Look, the trees are like hands lifting up to heaven.” Now every winter I look at the bare tree branches and see hands lifting up to God. Her revelation pointed me to God and taught me to always look for God. So does the homeless person who holds up a sign asking for money, because at the bottom of almost every sign is written “God Bless You,” sharing God’s love and reminding me that God is there for all of us. My daughter, wintertime trees, homeless people—all these and so much more point to God and make me aware of God’s ever-present reality in my life.

Look around you. What is pointing you to God? Where do you see God in your life? Who brings you near to the presence of God? God is always there, just waiting, and all we have to do is open our awareness to God’s love, open our hearts to God’s gifts, open our souls to God’s overflowing blessings.

But it doesn’t end there. That is actually only the beginning. Once you sense God’s love, there is another question: How can I point to God and share God’s love with others? We are called to let others know that God loves them and to show that love in our own lives. The more we show that love, the more love we can receive, and so it becomes a never-ending circle.


I know you, Lord, in my every breath, my every step, my every love; so help me share that love with others so they may know you in their every breath, every step, and every love. Amen.

Written by John W. W. Sherer, Organist and Director of Music

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