Remember Your Baptism
“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,
and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.”
All four Gospels give a similar story about the baptism of Jesus. Scripture reminds us that baptism is an act of grace, born of love. God claims us in love and we are united in our baptism and made one with Christ. Scripture also reminds us that there is one God, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) and that it is the baptism covenant that initially calls us into the body of Christ.
Each time we gather for worship at our church, we begin by pouring water into the baptism font and hearing words that remind us to remember our baptism and be thankful. Depending on how old we were when baptized, we are not all able to literally remember our baptism, but there are many ways in our everyday lives to remember the gift of God’s love, grace and provision that are represented in the waters of baptism.
In these warm and humid summer days, I often turn on the garden hose after returning from my morning run and let the cool water wash over the back of my head and neck…a refreshing way to remember my baptism and be thankful. Recently, I misjudged the need to be ‘low and slow’ getting into a kayak, and into the water I went…a shocking way to remember my baptism (I can’t say I was too thankful!).
In these summer days, what are the ways you can remember your baptism and be thankful? Is it simply washing your face in the morning; or that initial plunge into the swimming pool or lake; or a cold glass of water on a hot day; or a cool compress on your forehead or neck?
May we find the everyday and the ordinary to be ways to remember the sacred and be thankful!