Trust Your Belovedness


I pray you had a Happy New Year celebration. As I mentioned Sunday morning, Brent & I went to dinner with Wendy & Andra, played table games until just before midnight, and watched the “live” recording from Times Square craziness. Surprisingly, the fireworks weren’t as crazy here as we thought, so there was no hiding under the bed.

This week we wrap up our “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” journey with Luke in a mash-up. We will be celebrating the Epiphany (Matthew) and the Baptism of Jesus (Luke): from baby to adult in an hour. I want to sing about the three wise guys and telling it on the mountain! Our series suggests that “we trust our belovedness.” This week’s Scripture – Luke 3:21-22 – focuses on the Baptism of Jesus and the declaration from Heaven: “You are my Own, my Beloved. On you my favor rests.”

As you go through the rest of the week, make your first thought after waking “I am God’s Beloved.” When you look in the mirror, think “I am God’s Beloved.” Make your last thought of the day “I am God’s Beloved” and see how you feel. Tell a friend or loved one “You are God’s Beloved” and see what happens.

I look forward to seeing you on 1130 Balclutha, Zoom, or livestream. Invite a friend!

Rev. Michael Cronin

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