Dear <<First Name>>,
What memory do you associate with your baptism? Was it peaceful or raucous? Alone or crowded? Conversion, confirmation or childhood?
Every year on the second Sunday of January, we remember Jesus' baptism, and our own. When we read the account of Jesus' baptism, I imagine a cinematic scene, with a beam of light breaking through the crowd, a gentle dove, and a hush falling over the crowd as God pronounces a blessing.
In reality, though, Jesus' baptism was likely muddy, loud and surrounded by onlookers, maybe even some hecklers. John the Baptist was eccentric by any standard--wearing animal skins, living in the wilderness, eating insects and preaching bold claims about God. He invited people to make a bold choice to follow God, to take a risk and join him in this wild, holy life.
Whatever your baptism looked and sounded like, you too are invited to follow God into a wild, ho
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