October 30

John 3:1-3

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” vs. 1

There is a lot of talk about identity in these times. We’ve learned, sometimes painfully, that it’s possible to have our identity stolen, and that we need to have many layers of protection to be safe. But after the available safeguards have been put in place, many wonder about identity in a more basic way: Just who are we, anyway? Some have tried to find an answer in politics, gender, nationality, or race, but those types of identity possibilities are simply not sufficient for our times or our struggles. Often they lead to conflict and division. And surely we have to be more than the last four digits of our social security numbers. That may be satisfying to our cable companies, but we want more. Through the years many have found their answer to the identity question in this little verse from John. Who are we? We are the beloved children of God! There are no codes, no hoops to jump through, no secret handshakes–we are at the core sons and daughters of the Divine, and we carry the divine DNA imprinted on our souls. That may not seem like much and some days we might want a more particular significance, an identity that will set us apart. But true identity is more than a fleeting moment of celebrity…our true identity binds us together in the arms of our loving Maker.

Thought for the Day: Why is fleeting celebrity so attractive?

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