Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

But someone has testified somewhere,
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    or mortals, that you care for them?
You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
    you have crowned them with glory and honor,
    subjecting all things under their feet.”  Hebrews 2:6-8 (New Revised Standard Version)

This time of year, with Christmas carols embedded in your memory, a line or two (or even a full verse) of one of those carols probably pops into your mind now and then. In today’s reading from Hebrews, the someone who testified somewhere is the psalmist from Psalm 8. In the Church, we often think of how we fall short, how we don’t live up to all that we could be, how we sin and need forgiveness. What we don’t often think is that we were made a little while lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor, and with all things subject under our feet. I am reminded of a teaching technique that says if you tell a student that you expect bad things, you’ll get bad behavior, but if you lift the student up with praise, you are more likely to get actions that excel and demonstrate an even greater potential. Today, as you consider your place in life, remember that you were made a little lower than the angels and crowned with glory and honor. Then with your next step, walk in that glory and honor that God has given you. Amen.

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