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Tears of Joy

Last Sunday I was privileged to baptize little Aiden Matthew Sisk. As I prayed the prayer of consecration, he rested peacefully in his father’s arms.
           However, when I reached to take him into my arms, he broke into a full-throated cry. He cried as I baptized him. He cried as I prayed God’s blessing on him. He cried as I held him for all of you to see. And when I handed him back to his father…he stopped.
           The baptism – including the crying – was a holy moment. Here’s why; it is a reminder that God takes as we are – smiles or tears, joys or fears. We may go through crises and changes. We may feel peace or panic; but God’s love is sure and constant, deep and forever. Baptism is the sacramental expression of the reality of God’s constant love.
           Thank you, God, for your constant and forever love. As for you , Aiden, I’ll fondly remember your tears…as tears of joy.
In God’s love and joy,
John Hamilton
This Thursday: “Humor Me” with our own Mark Rackley. Supper at 6:30 at the church. Program at 7:00.
Our Church-wide ministry of prayer for the week:
Week 2:         Theme: Hope: our confidence is not in ourselves, but in our
                            great God who is at work in his beloved church.
                           Philippians 1:3-6: “I am confident in this, that he who began a
                            good work in you will bring it to completion…”
                           Prayer: Lord, we pray for this church, not in panic, but in
                            confidence – confidence in your love for this church and your
                            purpose and power in us…

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