Daily Archives: January 2, 2022

Evening Prayer: January 2nd


Now this day is passed, Sovereign God, and we come to humbly thank you for your guiding hand throughout. Where I have not loved as you have loved, I ask forgiveness. Where I was able to make a positive difference, thank you for your light shining through. Thank you for those you have placed in my path. Surround me with your peace and protect me from your enemy. Renew within me a right spirit. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.

Daily Scripture Passage: Psalm 98:1-4

Psalm 98:1-4 (ESV)

Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord

98 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
    he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Thoughts to Ponder from John 1:19-28

John 1:19-28 (ESV)

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”23 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.”

24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

“Who are you?” (John 1:19)

If you’ve ever attended a family reunion, you have heard this question many times. Many families find it helpful to wear name tags and distribute a copy of the family tree at reunions. That way, you can find out who each person is and how they are related to you.

In today’s Gospel, some of the Pharisees asked John this same question: “Who are you?” (John 1:19). Surprisingly, John responded by saying who he was not. It wasn’t until after they had pressed him further that he replied, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert” (John 1:23).

Deep in our hearts, God asks us the same question: “Who are you?” Not just your name, but who are you? We’re very good at saying who we are not: “I’m not all that important,” we might answer. “I’m not the smartest or wealthiest or holiest or the most talented.” But still God asks, “Who are you?” Of course he knows the answer, but he wants to make sure you know it as well. So let’s take a look at who God says that you are.

You are loved. You are a child of God, created in his image and likeness. You hold a special place in his heart. He knew you and loved you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5).

You are irreplaceable. God is pleased with the way that he made you, with your particular gifts and talents that he has given you. You have a unique role to play in this world and in his Kingdom work during this time and in the place he has put you. He delights to see you fulfill your created purpose (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-16).

You are part of God’s family – the Church, the Body of Christ – with many brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and cousins. You are never alone (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12).

You are a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. God lives within you, teaching you, guiding you, making you holy, and filling you with his love (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Who are you? You aren’t Jesus, but neither was John the Baptist. Like John, however, your whole life can be a voice announcing Jesus’ goodness.

Take these truths with you today. Remember who you are and to whom you belong. Stand firm when other voices tell you something else. And be ready to remind other people who they are as well.

Father, thank you for loving me and making me your child. Amen.