March 1, 2018
We had a beautiful baptism here of Hazel Anne on the first Sunday of Lent. The focus of our life these 40 days of Lent is the Christian faith, living out our baptism. Baptism is about who you are. It is about the anchor the gospel has in your life, or about the anchor your life has in the Gospel. It is about the death of your otherwise deathbound life. It is about how you live each day of the rest of your life.
All of that is really saying only one thing. Baptism is the life changing, acted out promise of God that changes what or who you are. Ultimately this says volumes about the daily grind.
And we know about the daily grind! The paper work piled up, the meetings, strained relationship,s assigned tasks, doctor's appointments...
In countless ways known only to ourselves we worry about...our worth, our health, our career, and our future. All this, because at the bottom we worry about whether God can be trusted, whether the world is a safe place, whether we can do enough to hold back the rushing tide of chaos.
Now you ask, what is baptism (a little water) against all that? Water is Water is Water. But when God stakes his honor on it, then things happen. It is God's word with the water that makes all the difference. In Baptism we are like Lazarus, called out of our grave clothes, into the Grace clothes provided by Christ.
You use your baptism, when you live in Grace even in the middle of the daily grind, and in contrast to all the chaos and all the anxiety, you nevertheless, live, ....live in the newness of life. God's freely given gift to YOU!