Especially when there is so much negativity and stress, and we are overwhelmed by all that’s going on in the world, we need to hear the good news over and over and over again. We need to hear the story of God’s salvation, grace, mercy, and compassion. We need to be reminded that there’s a God who is bigger than whatever I’m going through, who hears and sees and knows my struggle. God’s got me. God’s going to give me what I need.
—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run into it and are safe.
—Proverbs 18:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness in the year ahead. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Baptism of the Lord
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