January 6, 2014

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Isaiah 49:1-7

Today is the Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Yet as our Lord manifests himself to us in his Word, we experience something strange, lovely. In the light in which we see Christ, we see ourselves. We become manifest to ourselves in a new way. “The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.” Seeing him, you see that all this time, he was seeing you. Coming to know him, you come to know he has always known you. When the world did not count you a creature—pinhead of an embryo awash in an amniotic sea—he knew your soul. Is it ever otherwise? You recall encounters in which you may as well have been no one, the everyday flash-forwards previewing your nothingness to the world. Crucified to the world, you are a nameless nothing in its account. Yet he became nothing on the cross that you might be everything to his Father. This love named you in the womb.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave a lifetime of love to know me; let others know your love through me and hear their names. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum,
Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.

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