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Waters of Promise

May 16, 2020

“And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you – not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3:21

Today is a day of grace! This morning, accompanied by her parents and her older brother, Kathryn Ann will come to Grace’s font of grace to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism. We all wish this would be happening in the midst of the gathered community. Nevertheless, in water and Word, Kathryn Ann will become a child of God, baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She will be sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.

Our epistle reading for tomorrow speaks of baptism. Peter recalls the days when Noah and his family were saved from the rising floodwaters. Eight persons were saved through the water, Peter reminds us. This is why many baptismal fonts, including the one we’ll use today, have eight sides.

As the flood waters receded, God set the rainbow in the sky and made a covenant with Noah: “The waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Genesis 9:15). When God determines to cleanse the world from sin and death again, once and for all, God does so not by flooding the earth, but by sending Jesus to go under the floodwaters on our behalf.

The One dies for the many and the world is flooded with grace, mercy, and life.

In baptism, this promise become God’s promise for you. Today, the promise is made to Kathryn Ann. Today is a day of Grace!

God of the promise, in your Son’s death and resurrection we have been brought through the floodwaters and stand now safely on the far shore, beyond death’s reach forever. We have been brought through death to life. Recall for us your promises, and give us courage to live into the covenant of grace. Bless Kathryn Ann and her family, this day and forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The Rainbow by Robert Delaunay, 1913 (public domain).

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