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Waters! Reflections from the Bayou!

Posted by saintisaac on January 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Greetings from the deep south as Dc. Dustin and I are on a pastoral trip in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  We can confirm there is high quality H20 in this part of the country.  Our room is quaint and quiet, every sound stands out and we understand why Jesus sent them out two by two!  There is a brisk bite to the air, bite that is intensified by high humidity.  

 

Just outside our room is a small lake.  This morning on a short walk, I noticed a reflected sunrise in the waters that fill the lakebed.  How powerful a reflection can be.  In many ways, a reflection can appear to enhance the original beauty of that which is being reflected. 

 

Today's reflection is the WATERS!  In today's scriptures, we notice the next candidate for baptism in John the Great Baptizer's line is the Savior.  Jesus...baptized?  Isn't He perfect and isn't baptism reserved for completely imperfect people?  Oh, what a picture -- Jesus adjusting to the cool water preparing to be dipped.  John's reservations are justified, "I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" Matthew 3:14. 

 

In his book The Inner Kingdom, Bishop Kallistos Ware offers a beautiful answer using simple picture language to the question, why baptize the Savior, "We are dirty, at Baptism we go down into clean water and we come out cleansed.  At our Baptism, then, we are sanctified by the waters.  But Christ is clean; at His Baptism He goes down into the dirty water and Himself cleanses the waters, making them pure.  He imparts holiness to the waters, and so by extension to the entire material creation."    

 

It is through Baptism that a believer becomes a reflecting pool.  More beautiful than a sunrise or sunset, the Savior becomes the original image that others inevitably see.  As we keep our eyes on Him, He is made known through us.  Amen! 

 

Be strengthened in Him today!   

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4 Comments

Reply Dc. Frances Fisher
9:47 PM on January 10, 2010 
It's good to hear from you. Have a great trip. Missed you guys this morning.
Grace and peace Father and Deacon.
Reply [email protected]
12:13 PM on January 11, 2010 
Thank you for the Word!
Reply juanita shah
10:14 AM on January 23, 2010 
thank you oh so much for that kind and tender word
Reply damienc
4:56 AM on January 30, 2010 
I, for one, want to hear about this pastoral visit to Louisiana. I also would like to hear your perspective on why Jesus sent out disciples two by two? Anything that is pure will cast a pure reflection Gold, Silver, water, etc....whatever is purified to it's most elemental purest state. I would like to hear how HE has refined you during this journey?