Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’
Each time I walk into The Chapel of the Abiding Presence on the campus of Texas Lutheran University I dip my fingers into the baptismal font and make the sign of the cross in remembrance of my baptism. And I remember the truth about who I am, I remember that I am nothing less than a beloved child of God.
You see most of the places I go in this world try to tell me something different. They tell me that I am too old or too young, they proclaim that I’m not good enough, they point out what’s wrong with me, they describe the ways in which I am lacking. Outside the chapel I never measure up, I am measured by the law and found guilty. Inside the chapel, in the waters of my baptism, I am defined by grace, by God’s great love for me, and I am beloved.
This is the great truth of the gospel, the truth proclaimed and experienced in baptism, the truth that we are called to remember daily.
“One More Life”
One more life, A bright shining light One more hope, That the world will be all right You’re a miracle child, Love made alive Water falls from heaven , as God says you’re mine God says you’re mine One more heart, Begun by You One more soul, And hey all things are new And soon you’ll know your name, Love’s made its claim Heaven will be calling you, And you’ll never be the same You’ll never be the same And you’ll never be alone, When you feel lonely You’ll always be loved, Yaeh, you’re part of a family Something’s happened today, That can never fade away When God comes down from heaven , He’s here to stay Here to stay In one more life, One more life, One more life, One more life You’re a miracle child Love made alive Water falls from heaven God says you’re mine God says you’re mine
Dipping your fingers into water and making the sign of the cross is not an act of superstition or magic. It will not make the hard parts of life disappear. However knowing that ultimately you are loved, that you have gifts and talents, and that you belong to God will get you through whatever hard times might be in your path. Love, the love of God in Christ Jesus, makes all things possible.
So today, and each and every day, take a moment to remember your baptism, to remember that you are loved, to remember that you are nothing less than the beloved of God. You don’t need to visit the Chapel of the Abiding Presence to do that, however if you are in the area step inside that holy place and dip your fingers into the font and be present in the promise that is yours! Remember in the morning when you splash your face with water, remember in the day when you pass by a river, a lake, or the ocean, remember when it rains, when the heavens release grace for you, remember at the end of the day when you drink a nice cool and refreshing glass of water, and if need be remember in the desert where there is no water, when life is hard, remember by making the sign of the cross and believing the truth, the truth that will set you free, the truth about who you are, nothing less than the beloved child of God! Amen.
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