RebirthNew Every Morning | October 11, 2020
Depending upon the tradition and method, baptism has variations in significance and meaning. In its simplest form, baptism as “rebirth” into something new connotes turning away from something old. This is not in the binary sense of new/old, good/bad but rather, how is order created out of disorder? How does God assert God’s power and presence to tame formlessness?
—J. Dana Trent, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
—Mark 1:9-10 (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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The response to the need for a new heating system at church. An anonymous donor will match $12,000 and donations have come to $11,900 so far. All of this is in less than 2 weeks of the announcement of a need. The repair bill is $24,000. That’s order out of chaos. Thank You, Lord.
I see God healing dad, slowly. The chaos of the last 18 months of mom’s life – it took its toll in many ways. And now…18 months later…the wound is a little more healed, but still an obvious wound. Dad wanted me to go up in the attic over their garage and clear out everything. Well – he didn’t quite realize just how much “stuff” was up there. Friday night I got about 75% of it down and we stopped. Amongst all the stuff were 3 big boxes of cards mom had saved, which were from dad over the years. Dad had been coming across cards, hidden in drawers, in the closet, in boxes in the office. He was surprised by these 3 boxes. I asked him, while we were together yesterday, if he was going to go through the boxes. He said he probably would, a little bit. I know he cries every time he comes across an old card.
Our day yesterday was very enjoyable. We were paired up with a father and son tandem for our golf. It was a comfortable round, not too much waiting (as is often the case on weekends). The weather was beautiful. The colors weren’t quite popping on the trees yet. There was a steady breeze, very Fall-like. We ate a drive-up restaurant and made a quick trip into a grocery store nearby – one we don’t usually frequent. We picked up some flavored decaf coffee, which is hard to find around here. I usually order my coffee on line. Dad got a bag of pecan sticky bun and I got Irish cream.
Much grading to do today, along with letters of recommendation. Nov 1 is a big deadline for college applications and I have had 3 students request letters this week, on top of two others I have been putting off. Church this morning and tennis this evening.