IntrusionNew Every Morning | October 10, 2020
Baptism is always an excellent place to dive in. It is the cornerstone of Christian theology. Therefore Mark’s opening passage is pivotal to our faith, demonstrating the power and majesty not just of God but a Triune God—Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit in one scene. This Gospel sheds light on a common theme we have encountered this week: the bold, mystical intrusion of God’s presence. This is not intrusion in the negative sense of the word. Rather, it is a presence that is pronounced, the glory of which is impossible to ignore.
—J. Dana Trent, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How has the Divine shown up as an impossible-to-ignore “intrusion” in your life? Join the conversation.
[John the Baptizer] proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
—Mark 1:7-8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.*
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme. Available in a variety of formats: print, eBook, and digital subscriptions. Discover more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.
*Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved.
The peace, which transcends all understanding. Prior to experiencing it, I could never fathom the reality of it and how it would pervade all of me. I question what I “thought” I was doing, living – I was playing religious. But, now – indeed I am a new creature, continually being transformed by Him to His glory. Whoa! His timing is perfect and I am His. Praise be to Him alone.
It seems I am “settling in” – and I use that term very lightly. Settling in to the hecticness and time which will need to be committed this school year. The mounds of grading and necessary attention to planning remain – I just wasn’t as “thrown” by recognition of them this week. I am getting closer to accepting that pretty much every available moment needs to be given to schoolwork. When I am overwhelmed or just mentally too tired to function, I will need to stop. There must be other things in my schedule…tennis, small group Bible study, my morning run, time with Dad. But otherwise, the reality is – I will be doing schoolwork. I really don’t like the saying “It is what it is” – but it is very applicable here. This will be for a finite time, and while I don’t know when the finish is, I must just continue to focus on the immediate tasks which need completed and keep on working.
Here, too, Ally – I am seeing the spread of Covid to acquaintances. It used to just be the virus that was “out there”. But now – it is much closer to home. Numbers are spiking in my state – and our school board is intending to decide on whether we will remain fully remote or go back in a hybrid type of situation. The decision is to come October 26. How I wish all people would fight together to combat this.
I guess I experience this as a longing or a striving. I long to be closer to God, to other believers, to belong to a church.
Prayers for Jill and her school, may those in charge of decision making look to the medical experts for information to inform their decision. May she and Larry remain safe.
Prayers for Robert and his continued good health and continued reward for his attention to his model work.
Prayers for Ally and David, may David receive help and relief from pain by the wound care center. May Ally find a way to support them while she takes a leave to attend to her own health.
Prayers, thank you and be well UR
Jill’s first paragraph describes me for the first 50 years of my life. Then came the great, but very helpful,
“intrusion”. I recognized a very great need for God, and God was there. Since then God has continuously helped me through all sorts of situations. Am very thankful for that. The current situation with the pandemic, my son’s future , the economy, election, and global warming are not too tough for God.
When I was a teacher I often felt as you describe Jill. Teaching demands a lot and with the pandemic, on line instruction, and all that goes with it. I’m sure you are accurate in feeling overloaded. My prayers for you and all teachers. Yes, God will see you through, and all your break from education activities are greatly helpful.
Strange how divided the country is when it comes to overcoming the virus. We unite vs cancer, heart disease, attacks on our country from overseas, but don’t agree on dealing with systemic racism. global warming, and immigration. The united in the words United States of America is missing. I ask for God’s wisdom and peace.
Thankful for a lovely walk in the woods this morning. I always enjoy new trails, every turn different. The foliage was dazzling in places, water flowing in the Saco River. Bizillions of rocks in and along the river bed exposed. Cool and dry.
Home, and while fixing breakfast, a flock of 20 wild turkeys came, went, and came again.
Prayers for good health, safety of all kinds, well-being, and thanks. Even in these tough times there are
reasons to be thankful. The new heating system at church is very close to being fully funded in a very mind-boggling short time. Thank You, Lord.