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Daily Devotional for February 7

February 7                                                          John 1:19-28

         "... 'Who are you? ... What do you say about
 yourself?' John said, 'I am the voice of one crying in the
       wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord.' "

Has the church forgotten its prophetic role? Do we no longer
believe that it is part of our task to prepare the way of the Lord?

No! The zeal of John the Baptist is coming back to the church.
God is calling many new prophetic voices to make a path for
God to enter the hearts of millions of people who have been
tossed aside by many churches. Minority peoples abandoned
by the church are now being brought back to the grace of God.
If the Word of God dwells in flesh, then all flesh can become
a testimony to God's action. That God has chosen to dwell
in the flesh of diverse peoples is a prophetic word from God
in our day. The movement to liberate all peoples opens a new
path for God's presence in the world.

Each of our lives makes a specific and unique testimony. Like
John, we are voices crying in the wilderness. Like John, we
prepare the way for Christ to enter our communities. Just like
John, we baptize so that Christ shall be revealed.

"What do you say about yourself?" The question to John the
Baptist is also the question addressed to us. What is your

           Precious Jesus, I want to say yes to your
        using me. I want the world to look at me and
    see you. Let me be the highway you take into the
        life of my world, my relationships, my family,
             my home. Walk in me, my God. I am
                          not afraid anymore.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.


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