Over and over this week, we have encountered God’s presence in water: Creation, storms, and now baptism. But how is God present in baptismal waters—and ultimately—in us?
Baptism is a sacrament mysteria—a mystical experience that accounts for God’s action (presence) in our lives. How does this manifest in your tradition and teaching? How might we all lean into Paul’s urging, seeking to understand the ways in which the Triune God indwells us through this mysteria?
—J. Dana Trent, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
Spend some time reflecting on the author’s questions above. Join the conversation.
Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
—Acts 19:4-5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.*
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*Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved.