Daily Devotion Tuesday, February 12th

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Psalm 42; Deuteronomy 6:16-25; Hebrews 2:1-10 and John 1:19-28

John 1:19-28 – 19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

If someone asked you; “who are you?” how would you respond?

How I answered would depend on whom was asking and why. But here is how I might answer.

I am Dennis Winzenried, son of Lam and Audrie Winzenried, husband to Phyllis, father to Nathan and Scott, grandfather to Mackenzie, a Presbyterian minister, a child of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ.

It’s interesting to me that I’d begin with my genealogy and end with what is most important, being a disciple of Jesus Christ. So, here is another way I might answer.

Who am I? I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, a child of God, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church, pastor also to people in the larger community of Forsyth, and husband to Phyllis, father to Nathan and Scott, grandfather to Mackenzie. (Only reason I left off my parents this time was they are deceased. I’m still their son and they are my parents. So I didn’t list them this second time around. Might mention them if I was in Fort Collins or one of the towns they were from.)

So the question for today is; “who are you?” How would you answer that question?


Today is Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent. Have you decided what you’ll give up and why or what spiritual practice you’ll take on or seek to do more regularly and why. The why is just as important as what you decide for Lent.

I’ll be limiting my evening TV watching. I tend to vegetate in the evening. So, I’ll limit myself to one TV show a night – could be a half hour show, hour show or movie I choose to watch but just one show. With the time I free up, I plan on reading a book a couple of my friends and I have chosen to read during Lent. When we were doing the 90 days through the Bible Study, I could easily give up evening TV to keep up with all my reading. Once we finished that study, I fell back into my old habits. So, I’m hoping this Lent to begin a new life practice that will benefit me in my living with and for God.

O God, thank you for creating me as me. May I always long to be the child of God you created me to be and to grow closer to you day by day. Amen.

Psalm 42 – 1   As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2   My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.

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