Today’s Word ‘CLAIM: as in… hey friends, it’s time to claim the good news of our baptisms!
Seriously, I know things are a little dicey out there, but let’s not forget this: you’ve been called, named, claimed, loved and treasured into each new day.
And today is no different.
And because of that, fear no longer will rule this day. Or any day, for that matter. We celebrated three baptisms last night at WoW Worship. And once we were reminded of this:
“In the sacrament of Holy Baptism we are set free from the power of sin and death and are joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No matter what our circumstances may be, in times of joy or sorrow, crisis or calm, the sacrament of Baptism reminds us that our God is faithful. We stand confidently in the promises of God!”
That’s some good very good news! Many people are waking up each morning with a tremendous amount of fear. That fear rides along with them through the morning into the early afternoon and then into the evening. For some who may be consuming far too much ‘news’, that fear becomes overwhelming.
But there’s a better way to live; a far better way.
So let’s just pause, and take a big deep breath. Let’s be diligent. Let’s be smart, wise and prudent. And then let’s remember this:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!”
Let’s claim that!