Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Family Devotion - Jesus' Baptism

Scripture Reading - Mark 1:9-11

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased
Thought of the Day
When we were baptized we entered the church family and became a child of God. Each of us is marked with the cross of Christ and because of that we know that God will never abandon us. He will always love and care for us. In this reading, Jesus is baptized and as he was baptized everyone there knew that he was God’s son. Even though our own baptism didn’t have a dove descending from the sky, because we know that Jesus is God’s Son, we know that our baptism keeps us as God’s child forever!

Discussion questions
1. Ask your parents what they remember from your baptism. Call grandma and grandpa and ask about your parent’s baptism. Did you cry? Did they? Look up your baptism anniversary and mark it on your calendar.

2. Mark the sign of the cross on everyone’s forehead and remind them that “They are a child of God.” How does that reminder make you feel?

Dear God,
Thank you for being with your Son and sending Him to us. Thank you for the story of His baptism. Thank you for our own baptism stories. Help us remember that we are always your child because of our baptism. AMEN.

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