The scripture for today is Acts 2:38-39.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
I always love witnessing a baptism. I love feeling like I am a part of something special when we promise to love, encourage, and support these new brothers and sisters in Christ. We promise to share the good news of the gospel with them and help them know and follow our Lord. We make all these promises with all the excitement of the day, but then real life happens. We get busy or distracted and next thing you know that small little baby is graduating from high school.
The reality is, nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to be perfect. We will not always get it right. We will stumble along the way. Peter reminds us that we are promised forgiveness through baptism and that we simply need to repent to the Lord. Do not be burdened by your failures or allow yourself to become overwhelmed by someone who has failed you. Simply lift them up to the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to move through you.
I remember a term we learned at a retreat when I was younger. The theme was “Walking Wet.” We were encouraged to remember our baptism and constantly walk with the promise of new life. Remember that you are a child of God and that Jesus died so that we may be forgiven. Do not live your life in the darkness of pain or regret. Through baptism your sins have been washed away, so “Let your Light so shine that others may see your good works!”
Lord, thank you for the forgiveness that is promised through our baptism. Allow me to be a light in this dark world, so that others may know your love. Amen
Karen DeMauro Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: for our youth that they may know God’s love and allow Him to guide them through those very difficult years.