We invite you to peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.
By Campus Pastor Vincent Bete, Mill Pond
“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on 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, NIV
What affirming words from God! Christ, who came from God and was affirmed by God, reveals to us a God who also loves us. St. Paul reminded us of this in his letter to the Romans where he wrote: "But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us" (5:8). In other words, he loves us for who we are and not for what we have done.
We all matter to God. We are God’s beloved. God speaks, not only to the Son, ‘You are my Beloved,’ but also to you and me. Author Henri Nouwen writes in Life of the Beloved:
"Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert. Once you have touched wet ground, you want to dig deeper."
God may not speak to us in audible voice like that of Jesus but certainly, in many other different ways. Scripture tells of many times that the voice of God was heard and often, they are words of affection, direction, and acceptance. God did not stop talking after biblical times. If God were to speak a word to you, what do you imagine God would say? Where do you hear the voice of God assuring you that you are God’s beloved? Where do you hear God’s word of hope, encouragement, or even a challenge?
About Pastor Vincent Bete: I was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines in 1994 and now serve at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Ankeny, IA, while also serving as pastor at Mill Pond. My family moved to the United States in 2007 through the International Nurse Recruitment, a PHS affiliate. My wife worked as a nurse with Presbyterian Homes and Services then.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series
In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care resources website.