We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on June 15, 2016.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember my baptism. Amen
Reading: Galatians 3:23-29 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: “We are children of God through faith.” God promises us that and much more in our baptism. In the really rough times in life, we tend to reach down into our own strength, tough it out, so to speak. Sometimes in those difficult moments, we feel alone, abandoned. We too often forget that we are baptized, children of God. We are not alone.
Not too long ago I received an envelope from a very good friend. That’s not unusual, I get stuff from him from time to time. But when I opened this envelope a door knob hanger fell out. On the picture of a sea shell are the words “Live Wet.” And above that Martin Luther’s words: “When you wash your face in the morning and evening remember your Baptism in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” That hangs on the door knob right by our shower.
In the good times and the bad: We are baptized. Live Wet.
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