As followers of Christ, we join Jesus, who went before us, in the waters of baptism. There God offers us new life — a life with the assurance of God’s unfailing love and the power of the Spirit.

Take this time to reflect on your baptism. Give thanks for what it has meant to you. Consider anew what it might mean for your living today.

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After they listened to Paul, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in other languages and prophesying. Altogether, there were about twelve people.

Acts 19:5-7

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After these disciples were baptized by Paul, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to share the good news. This baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus made a real difference in their lives. Immediately, they were enabled to speak God’s word in powerful, new ways.

The gift of the Holy Spirit has the power to make a real difference in our lives, too. The Spirit enables us to speak God’s truth and share God’s love with others.

What might this real difference look like in your life? Do you know someone who needs to hear about God’s love for them? Is there a situation in your school or family where truth needs to be heard? Might you be called to speak out in the spirit of truth and love?

Meredith Forssman

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God, I receive your Spirit. When I am feeling meek or am unable to speak, strengthen me in the Spirit to share your love and truth with the world around me. Amen.

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“God of grace and glory, you call us with your voice of flame to be your people, faithful and courageous.

As your beloved Son embraced his mission in the waters of baptism, inspire us with the fire of your Spirit to join in his transforming work.

We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”

Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

Meredith Shaw Forssman

Meredith Forssman is the editor of d365. She is a recent graduate of Candler School of Theology, a recently ordained minister, and recently got married. Meredith lives in Germany with her husband, where she is learning to live life inter-culturally and bilingually.

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