Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 for Sunday, January 13, 2019






Photo: Rock Dove, by Alan D. Wilson*
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Song: Alabaster by Trace Bundy*

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Published by Todd Spencer

I am a spiritual director, a minister of spiritual formation, a husband and father. I live in the beautiful town of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

7 thoughts on “Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 for Sunday, January 13, 2019

  1. NRSV: “…filled with expectation…”
    THE MESSAGE “clean house”
    These are the words that “popped” for me!

    Thanks for everything you do and share!


  2. Hey Todd. Jon Willms here again. Thanks. I have a knee jerk reaction or an unhealthy affinity to add to my life or to say it another way to reflect on my life as lacking in some deep way. Not in regards to material things or sustenance but in the deeper sense. My upbringing and early learning taught me a dependency on God not in a way like he is my breath but more in a way as I am incomplete and only God will portion himself out to me in his own time own way as long as I continue to seek and ask. Today hearing this word I noticed that John told the people that the HS was within them and then I noticed that after Jesus was baptized the HS came upon him like a dove. I also noticed that it seems like a progression or evolution was occurring, almost simultaneously. If Jesus was going to baptize in spirit anyways then why be baptized by John. Why didn’t John just say there is one coming and not baptize?
    I do believe we are complete and yet I am often filled with longing. It is as if they are hand in hand. Agony and ecstasy. I actually dont like this explanation but just now I am reminded of RR saying, grace creates the hole and then grace fills the hole.
    All this to say. Thanks for the word and mystery. You have left me wondering.


    1. Wow. Thank you for this, Jon. What a deep and important insight. Isn’t it a gift when God takes us to new layers and depths as we are ready for them? Maybe you have named something for all of us. That we all have a difficult time with accepting that we are enough and yet even our enough includes longing and aching. Paradox.
      God’s Peace with You!


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