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Thus Says the Lord

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Baptism of the Lord

Week of January 9, 2022
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
(Isaiah 43:1, NRSV)

Devotion

The words of the prophet tell us the true story:

God made us. Created us. Started us out on this journey.

God is forming us. Shaping us. Changing us to meet God's needs for the hurting world, both outside and inside the church.

We have no reason to fear, for God has done the heavy lifting and we are worthy, forgiven, and sanctified for the work ahead.

God calls us by our names. The deepest self of which we are aware – God knows that self intimately, loves that self dearly, and never ceases attending to the care and growth of that precious self.

We belong to God.

Glory hallelujah!

Prayer

God, you have created us, formed us, redeemed us, called us. We love you and we are thankful. Sanctify us for the work ahead, and to you be all glory and honor. Amen.

Lindy ThompsonLindy Thompson
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church
Franklin, TN 

 

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