Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week of 9th January 2022

8 Jan 2022, 5:02 p.m.

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, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”    (Luke 3 : 21 – 22)

Reading for this week : Luke 3 : 15 – 17, 21 - 22

Thought for the week

The prophet Isaiah recorded these words of God:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

God sees things very differently to us. He sees potential where we only see problems.

When picking a team for a task I want to choose the folk who will deliver the target. But one thing I learned quite quickly is that attitude is more important than achievements!

When Jesus was selecting His disciples he selected an unlikely bunch of men, including fishermen, rebels and collaborators. He saw their hearts and their potential.

The Good News is that Jesus looks at you and I like that, He sees what we can be and could do, if we will let Him, through the Holy Spirit.

Be encouraged!


Prayer for New Life in Christ – from - you may find this prayer helpful

Dear Lord, I am a new person today and that is because of You.

Father, you have shown me that my old life is gone and my new life is found with You. I am thankful not to dwell on my past mistakes and relive those awful times.

I am thankful to follow You and the path You have created for me. My soul thirsts for You and now, with my new life, I am filled with Your Holy Presence. (Ezekiel 36:26)

Thank You, God. I pray I will share the good news of a new life in Christ with everyone.

Thank You, Father, for the people you have placed in my life that never gave up on me.

Thank You, Father, for family, friends, and strangers who showed me Your love through their words and actions. I pray I will be more like those mentors You have provided.

Allow me to shine the light of Christ so others will draw closer to You. In Your Name Lord Jesus, Amen.

Melissa Henderson