Think of baptism as a kind of initiation. It's a starting place, an act that recognizes the new life that is coming to be.

It is a beginning, only a beginning, but it has its purpose.

Being baptized finds its purpose in what follows - a calling to God's way of doing things in a world that often resists, but is always changed by those who seek to walk God's path.

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I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

Isaiah 42:8-9

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The moon produces no light of its own. That big light we see among the stars is merely reflecting our sun. Its beauty is brought out by the sun’s power. Without the sun, the moon is merely a grey, dull rock.

We have a lot in common with the moon. Our light comes from God, not from ourselves. God is the source of all our goodness, and Jesus brings out the best in us. Without God, we are nothing. God deserves all the glory and praise.

Do we choose to reflect God’s light to world? Do people see God’s goodness in us?

Jennifer Peterson Singh

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O Lord, Let my life be a reflection of your love. I give you honor and praise, and thank you for all my blessings. Amen.

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Every day brings something new.
And every day is a holy day
When you claim your baptism again.

May you be filled again with desire,
The desire to be filled by God and God alone,
Baptized to walk the disciple's road.

Jennifer Peterson Singh

Jennifer Peterson Singh graduated from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and was an associate pastor at churches in Virginia and North Carolina. She is now mom to her 4-year-old twins, Penelope and Micah.

Walz of the Spirit

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