There is a thread, quite apart from the genealogies and genetic markers that run in endless lists through the history of our spiritual ancestors. There is a thread that links drops of water in a flood; there is a Spirit, brooding over the deep waters, which are without form, and void, before the creation of the world. … There is a river that flows from the throne of God, and over its currents, enjoying the lift and play of the air, I imagine the Spirit swooping, and diving, resting and blessing, now as then, the sacrifice of baptism.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What connections do you notice as you think about the Spirit’s role in creation, flood, the river of God, baptism? Join the conversation.
You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.
—Ephesians 4:4-6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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