Water is a source of life. Take a moment to think about the importance of water in your own life. Think about how it might represent God's presence. As you go through your day, take notice of times when you pour water over your hands. Each time you encounter water today, consider these questions:
What memories come to mind as you feel the water? Baptism? Jesus washing the feet of others? Washing your hands before a special meal?
As we enter into a new year, often this is the time when we remember the story of Jesus' baptism and we take some time to reflect on our own experiences with baptism. We had the blessing of making promises with the Lyles family this past Sunday during the baptism of their son.
Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected,
"I'm the one who needs to be baptized, not you!" But Jesus insisted. "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries coming together right now in this baptism." So John did it.
The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God's Spirit - it looked like a dove - descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: "This is my Son chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life." -Matthew 3:13-17
Sometimes I share John's confusion when I feel God calling me. There are times when I don't know why God is using me. Even when I'm hesitant and feel unworthy, I try to do what God wants me to do. God has carried me through confusing times in my life before and that gives me hope for the future.
Think about times in your life when you put aside your own doubts and insecurities and walked towards God. What happened? How was God's faithfulness and love for you revealed?
Every day brings something new. And every day is a holy day when you claim your baptism again.
May you be filled again with desire, to be filled by God and God alone, and baptized to walk the disciple's road.
Prayer for Today
God, grant me courage to do your will. Guide my path and may your presence empower me to show the world your love. In Christ's Name, Amen.