2018 08 12: The Bread of Life

Today, we celebrate God’s gift of forgiveness and new life in the baptism of Thomas and Stephanie.  God promises in his Word to cleanse them from sin and lift them up to new life, eternal life, in Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord.  Of course, they have no idea that this is what God is doing!  Their parents, with their godparents and all of us in the church coming alongside, will promise to raise them up both with the bread that fills our bellies—with countless feedings, bottles, diapers, and all the rest—and also with the bread of life, that they may know one day the breadth and depth of God’s love for them, and God’s merciful forgiveness that’s there for them whenever they fall.