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  • Rebecca Behbehani

It's raining and other obvious observations.

Does your backyard look like a mud pit? I have a 5 year old that is loving the rain because he has his own personal mud station to play in. For awhile, I thought that it would never dry out and then we got like 2 days in a row where it was sunny and warm! Yeah for no more mud pit but it didn't last because today it has been raining.

Growing up Lutheran, any chance someone could interject some Luther quote into my church life, they would. So I would hear things like- Luther said every time you wash your face, remember your baptism. That didn't really stick with but when it rains, I do think about it- baptism, not washing my face.

There is a great book by Walter Wangrin called Water Come Down! and it is about baptism. I gave it to both of my kids for their baptisms. I love the the way the story uses the clouds, sun, and rain to share in the joyous celebration of baptism. How the whole earth, created by God, is involved with the promises of baptism.

Baptism is one of our two sacraments. The Presbyterian Mission writes: "The act of baptism is deceptively simple—but in a handful of water, there is a deep well of mystery and meaning.

In baptism, we are called to a new way of life as Christ’s disciples, sharing the good news of the gospel with all the world."

Presbyterians describe baptism as a sign and seal of the covenant of grace made by God through Jesus and extended to us. In baptism, God claims us as beloved children and members of Christ’s body, the church, washing us clean from sin as we renounce the power of evil and seek the will and way of God.

So today, as you watch the waters pour from the sky, may you remember your baptism. The promise of God's grace and love for you. And may you live that out, daily, and share the Good News with others.

Grace and Peace- Rebecca