Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Shelter Covenant Church
Observation: Lord, as I look at Mark’s opening, I see two vital things. First, the beginning is “good.” Just as in the beginning of all things what You made was “good,” so Mark reminds me that this process of mine begins with Good News; and that Good News casts its luminous shadow over anything and everything that follows. Yes, there are paths of mine that need straightening and sins in need of confessing and people gone astray in every which way. But brokenness is not the true nature of things; Goodness is.
The second observation is, perhaps, more important for me to see. That You are powerful – You are the ‘’one whose sandals John, with all his prophetic wisdom, is unworthy of untying. In other words, You are Glorious.
My process begins in goodness and ends in glory.
Certainly, along our way there is a laundry list of trials and even a few horrors, but my process, and the process of life I get to live with those to whom you’ve given me, begins in goodness and ends in glory.
Action: As I reflected, I wanted to learn how to trust You more completely in the trials (and sometimes horrors) that mark the road before me. I want to begin my days with an acknowledgement that the You are good, that You have begun a good work in me and that You finish the works you start. At the beginning of each day and each week, want to pray, not first for my needs, wherein I acknowledge my circumstances, but first pray a prayer of blessing and thanks for Your power and goodness. And at the end of my day, my week.. I want to pray a prayer of hopeful trust – that Your plans for me are wrapped up in Your plans for this world You have made – plans that are glorious and perfect, plans I am not worthy of taking part in but, because of Your grace, I am invited into.