As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
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In a conversation with friends over the break, we were discussing the presidential election and the volatile and divisive nature of our culture. The decision of who will lead begs the question: What are we looking for in a leader? As soon as that question was uttered, I realized we are, in fact, looking for a savior. We are, like the people in Luke's Gospel, "filled with expectation." We are looking for a person that does not exist among the candidates - that is the problem. We are looking in the wrong place. Certainly, John the Baptist would be an excellent candidate. He has a servant's heart. He understands the nature and the limitations of power and authority. He knows he is not a savior but serves all of God's people with compassion, with all of his gifts, within the limits of his own humanity. But at the end of the day, he knows and we know that he cannot save us from ourselves. Through our baptism into Christ we all have the power to become the children of God, to become the servants that our world needs.
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Holy God, we lift up to you the fractured pieces of our world and ask for guidance and healing that only you can do. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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