Greetings and welcome to the first Sunday of Lent. The scripture for today comes from Luke 3:22b, “…And there was a voice from heaven: You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”
The brief message provided by the writer of the pamphlet I am using as a guide offers a story that I can only imagine, he shares a story of his son and the baptismal in their church. When his son was very young he was fascinated by the water in the baptismal and as he grew the fascination changed to questions. The beautiful part of the story is that when the boy was young the father would tell him to always remember that he belongs to God. Although the boy grew and his fascination changed, God did not. No matter what age we are or what things change in our lives, we will always belong to God and God is pleased! We are his creation and he loves us. I do not have children but I can relate to the story, the story is relatable to all of us. We are all BELOVED children of God. I remember my baptism and the special occasion it was and that I was different afterwards. How about you? What memories are sparked when you think of your baptism? And if you have not been baptized, what questions might you have and what might be hindering you from taking that step? I recently shared on this platform my second birth-day, the day I ask Jesus is to save me and become my Lord and Savior and my baptism celebration day! I am grateful to all the people who helped to guide me and teach me the path to salvation.
In the scripture verse today, we are told the story of Jesus’ baptism and that the voice of God was heard exclaiming the good news of a proud parent as his son stepped forward in faith and was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. In Luke 3:21-22, we read that God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are all present together at the baptism of Jesus. Close your eyes and just imagine the scene, “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 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.”
As this week continues may we all hear God’s call and remember we are all God’s BELOVED.
Breath Prayer: In me…you are well pleased.