Today’s Scripture: Matthew 3:16-17
God … is pleased with Jesus, God’s beloved Son. Why is God pleased? It is because Jesus models for others the importance of baptism; but it is something else too. God is pleased because Jesus shows us true humility by being baptized by John the Baptist, the prophet tasked with preparing the way for him. …
God is pleased because Jesus is showing all of us an aspect of true servant leadership.
—F. Douglas Powe Jr., in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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And a voice from the heavens said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
—Matthew 3:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
All-seeing God, may our words and our actions help others to
see you. May we talk the talk and walk the walk as Christians.
Prayer by F. Douglas Powe Jr.
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This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023. Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Baptism of the Lord
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