THE MOST AUDACIOUS, enlivening, freeing, joy-creating, humbling, life-transforming reality of the Christian faith is not that God will be with us, but that God is here, right now. God is here in the midst of suffering, in the midst of short-coming, in the midst of triumph, in the midst of our greatest fulfillment, and in the midst of our brokenheartedness.
– Gregory S. Clapper
When the World Breaks Your Heart
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When have you felt God’s presence in your life? Share your thoughts.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22, NRSV
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This week we remember Anthony of Egypt (January 11).
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