I take the idea of baptism pretty seriously. I don’t fully understand it, but that itself seems to make sense to me, that it would be a little difficult to wrap my mind around a sacrament, a means by which somehow God continually reveals God’s self to humanity. There has to be some inexplicable mystery running through the currents and canals of God’s grace. What I do understand is that once I have joined the crowd of carnival goers, I am invited to put on these new metaphysical outfits, these clothes of eternal life, if you will, that help me identify myself as part of the unfolding drama.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Forgive me when I am reluctant to engage as you call me to do. Surround me with a faith community that encourages and challenges me to participate in God’s unfolding drama.
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