You are Loved!

Tuesday, January 11, 2000

   And a voice came from heaven:  "You are my Son, whom I love;
with you I am well pleased."
    -- Mark 1:11, New International Version

    Wouldn't it be great, if before you were to face a difficult task, or even each day, the heavens would open up and say something like,

    "David, I love you.  I am and will be with you always.  Live this day knowing how I feel about you."
   You know what, each day we open with prayer and some time for God, this happens.  I know it has happened many times in my life.  How do I know? I see an empty cross.  How else? I know of the resurrection.
    Yesterday, someone asked me what place does the resurrection play in my life, my ministry.  After fumbling around for a minute, I explained how many times I have died.  Bad mistakes, Poor choices, etc.  But I had to follow it with the many resurrections I have experienced.  Grace, Love, Forgiveness, the hope to turn the corner and move on.
Hear the Good News, although you may know have always hear the statement, I guarantee that God has uttered these very words to you also.  "Here is my son/daughter, whom I love, and with Whom I am well pleased.

   Almighty and loving Father, please help me to hear the words you utter to me.  Let me know that I am not alone, but with You, Who are in fact well pleased with me.  Finally, help me to live to be worthy of all of the grace, love, and forgiveness you extend to me, so that when temptation comes, or when others try to draw me away from You, Your presence will keep me firmly surrounded in who You have called me to be and what You have called me to do.  In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.