Baptism

Living Within Christ

Living Within Christ

Sometimes – this is so hard to describe – sometimes it’s as if I am living inside light. This is the most beautiful and real of all. Like there is a light surrounding me that is full of beauty and holiness. And I get to live inside of it. As if I’m breathing underwater. Or living inside starlight. Or surrounded by flame, but not burned.

Can you imagine that? Can you close your eyes and imagine?

Remember Who God Says You Are

Remember Who God Says You Are

There is something incredibly powerful about this ritualized act of remembering.  Of setting aside a regular time to remember some of the most important moments of our life. Because God’s grace shouldn’t just be reserved for Sunday, but everyday! Because everyday we could use the reminder of God’s over flowing Grace. Because everyday we could use the reminder of God’s wide open welcome. Because everyday we could use the reminder of Christ’s life, his sacrifice, and his new life for the world, that we have chosen to join our lives with.

New Clothes

New Clothes

This may sound strange, but sometimes I just sit still and ‘feel’ myself put on Christ, like a robe. I imagine the warmth of Christ’s Spirit settle on my shoulders. I feel gentleness and compassion surround me, and hold me, like a blanket. I feel courage coursing through my blood, making me strong again.  I feel my mind clear, like a fog is lifting from my mind. I feel myself set my sights on ‘things that are above,’ as Paul puts it. 

It really is amazing. I feel like I am ‘putting on Christ,’ and it’s such a relief. The ‘new life’ is back. I’m patient. I feel tenderness and respect towards others. I have a sense of the goodness of the world, even in the face of evil. I am not afraid. 

We ‘put on Christ’ once and for all in our baptism. But we can call on Christ again and again, to remind us of the new life he gives. We can be renewed into the creatures God meant us to be.