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Signposts: Daily Devotions

Friday, August 13

And behold, the heavens were opened . . . . and a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
—Matthew 3:16a, 17

(Revised English Version)

When was the last time you held a baby, looked into his or her eyes, and beheld the face of God? It's an incredible feeling, isn't it—to hold life so innocent, so new, so hopeful. It's as if holding a child brings life into our own souls and reintroduces us to the miracle of God's love.    

As a minister I often go up to the hospital maternity ward to visit new parents, grandparents, and friends experiencing this kind of love for the first time. It rekindles my spirit to see such love and grace, particularly if there are other, more desperate lives on my rounds. 

After I leave the room of a cancer victim or someone who has died, the newborn child brings me hope and reminds me of the gift of life in a time when all seems dark, dreadful and depressing.    

But more importantly, seeing the child held in the loving arms of another, someone looking deep within the child, reminds me that I am God's child and that God is always looking at me with those same loving eyes. 

No matter what happens, God is staring deep within me, holding me, giving thanks, and breathing the spirit of life into me. God is with me, not as some distant, uninterested divinity, but as a present, abiding presence in my life.

Will hard times still come? Will disappointment reign at times? Yes indeed. But God will be with me, experiencing my life, and holding me through it all.    

That is Good News. Very good news.    

Loving God, you hold me in your arms of mercy each day, staring deep within my soul. Open me to your love that I might be filled with your spirit and remember that I am your child, the beloved. Amen.   

These Signposts originally appeared on explorefaith in 2006.