Reading: John 1:29-34
Mine is January 25. When is yours?
Yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of Our Lord, reading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ and John’s encounter at the Jordan River. Chad commented on that a week ago. Our reading for today is John’s account.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that the date I’m looking for is the anniversary of your baptism.
I think it is important to celebrate our baptisms. To remember that, indeed, each of us is a child of God. Chosen by God “before the foundation of the world,” Paul says in Ephesians. To rejoice that God holds us in relationship with him and consequently with each other. In that relationship we receive “grace upon grace.” Oooooooooooooops. That’s Friday’s devotion.
Here’s a challenge for you—if you don’t already know, look up the date of your baptism and put it in your calendar. And if you use a digital calendar, put it in to repeat annually. And then celebrate each year the day you became a child of God and began being held in God's hand, receiving "grace upon grace." --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Summer Chaplain to the Staff
Closing Prayer: At his baptism, O God, you proclaimed Jesus your beloved and sent the Holy Spirit upon him. Help all of us, your sons and daughters through baptism, to be faithful to our calling. Amen.
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