Scripture: Mark 1:9-11
Reflection: In one way or another, we all want to be accepted, valued, and to know that we’re not alone. I think most would agree that receiving a little affirmation every now and then is also appreciated. It feels nice when someone acknowledges something you’ve done well. It feels even better when the person who acknowledges you holds great significance in your life.
In this passage, Jesus’ act of humility and love is immediately greeted with responses from God. The heavens are opened, the Spirit descends, and God uses his voice to honor Jesus, claim him as his Son, and express his affection for him. It is clear that even though Jesus is on Earth, he has not been left alone.
During Advent, we watch for signs of hope reminding us of the joyful reality that God sees us as His beloved children and is always in our midst. Are there examples in your life where you can clearly see that God was there, cheering you on? Have you felt his comforting presence lately? What are some ways you can step out in faith, like Jesus, and have hope that God will respond?
Prayer: This Advent season, let us remember that through Christ we are a new creation, invited into God’s family and God’s unconditional love. May we each look for ways to serve one another in love as Christ has done for us and hold to the hope that God is right there and He will never leave us alone. Amen.
Author: Chrissy Carlton, Outreach
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].