Mark 1: 7-8
He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
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John the Baptist's whole life was summed up in a couple paragraphs in an ancient text. His. Whole. Life. He dressed like a crazy person, shouted a lot and blew the dust off a dream so old that centuries of dust covered it. He was a nobody pulsing with one purpose to get the world ready to see the one who mattered. John knew he was not worthy to touch his shoes. How did John do that? How did he live every single day with the absolute certainty of his unworthiness and still keep shouting, "Prepare the way"? There isn't a day that goes by that I am not looking up at giants who are shouldering burdens, relationships, sorrow, confusion with a grace that defies the strength of the human heart. There are days when I don't even feel worthy to witness such faith much less try to follow the sandaled feet of the one John was shouting about. John embraced the task he was given and John's life will indelibly be linked to the one who changes everything. Even for those us who are perpetually unworthy, that is not a bad way to be remembered.
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Help me to embrace the task you have given me, Lord, without royally screwing it up. 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.
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