Well, there has been another death in our family. Four siblings have passed away in the last two years or so. I hate to see it. We've had other family members pass away in this time as well. It just seems like so much. We've also lost a few friends too. It just seems so crazy to me. Every time I turn around, someone has died. It's just so sad for those of us left behind.
This past Sunday was The Baptism of the Lord Sunday. I had the pleasure of being able to share a sermon with a lovely congregation in Kansas City. I spoke on baptism and what it means in the United Methodist Church. We took time to remember our baptism, to reflect on the baptism of Jesus. We remembered, and I think, feel renewed in the Christian Family. We remembered that as Christians we get our identity from Christ, not society. We remembered that in baptism we "put on Christ" and become a new person. We remembered that through baptism we receive the Holy Spirit and that He is at work in us. We remembered that through baptism, we enter into a covenant with God to use our gifts to strengthen the church and to transform the world. We remembered that we are children of God and he loves us.