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Friday, January 12, 2018

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"I see you, beloved child of God; come and follow me." God sees us, and now, like Nathanael and Philip, we are called to see the world just as God sees us--to recognize the glory of God within ourselves. When we live into that identity, we will see others through the eyes of Jesus; we will see Christ in the world; we will see Christ in the other.
An Invasion of Holiness promises healing, reconciliation and justice for a broken world. We are a part of this invasion that reveals God's love for all the world. As we address the deep injustices of the world, our response is one of deep faith--that God is right there in the midst of it, calling us into the trenches to follow Christ, so that we might see greater things!

Our prayer through the week continues:… and may we answer the call to see the world through your eyes.

Libbie Reinking, '13
Pastor/Mission Developer, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver, Colo.

John 1:43-51 (NRSV)

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth."
46 Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!"
48 Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you."
49 Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
50 Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these."
51 And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.