How’s your summer going? Are you drinking in the sunshine, thanking
God for it? Are you enjoying splashing in the water, either lake or pool? I
go to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club pool in Jamestown 2-3 times a week and I
thoroughly enjoy my time in the water, or as Ray calls it, “synchronized
While in or using water in any way, Martin Luther taught we should
remember our baptism. What does this mean? “Often, for Lutherans, part
of remembering our baptism each day is a way of daily dying and rising,
confessing and hearing again God’s words of forgiveness. We also
sometimes call it, ‘Walking Wet.’ This is a way of life, where we regularly
remember who we are as baptized children of God, washed of our sins,
welcomed into the family of God, and sent forth to serve and to follow
Jesus in this world as we share that grace God has given us with others”
(elca.org). Here’s a link to an article that has some neat ideas about
ways to remember our baptisms.
Luther recommends that when we wash our faces, we remember that
Christ has washed away our sins, just as soap and water cleanse the dirt
from our faces. That happened for us when we were baptized. In the
pool, when the water washes over me, I think of God’s love washing over
me. Then I think of all God has done for each of us in Christ in baptism.
We have been privileged to have a couple of baptisms already this year,
and a third is just around the corner. This too presents an opportunity to
reflect on our own relationship with God as individuals and as a
community of faith.
It’s much easier to think about our relationship with God on beautiful,
sunny days, isn’t it? I get excited each evening when we have a glorious
sunset. One friend talks to God about it when she experiences rainbows,
sunrises, sunsets and such things, saying, “Now you’re just showing off!”
I love the particularly intimate relationship she has with our God.
In some of our families, big changes are happening this month. For us,
our granddaughter, Grace, leaves on the fourteenth to move to Charlotte,
NC to begin college at UNC Charlotte. This is a seemingly unbelievable
milestone. How did she get so big? We all have these experiences with
our nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren. We commit all our
graduates to God’s care as they spread their wings and move on to their
next stage of life.
May God bless and keep you this summer in your recreation and rest
and work and play.
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