Thanking God for the Gift of Water

Yesterday was baptism day at our church and I wast struck by profound meaning of the words for blessing the water from the Book of Common Prayer.  It is part of the service that we say together as a reaffirmation of our baptismal vows.

I could not help but think of these words again as I took my morning shower and made my morning cup of tea.  These too are baptismal moments, refreshing, renewing and bringing life.  And as I go out with my watering can onto the porch, here too I experience baptism as I sprinkle them with water and give them life.

Water is essential to life.  In so many ways it cleanses and gives life to us each day and in every moment.  Yet we can so easily take it for granted, missing the richness of these sacramental moments that remind us constantly of our covenant with God and reassure us of the cleansing of souls that has taken place through baptism.  So as sit with your cup of tea of coffee this morning, give thanks for the gift of water.

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.  Through it you led the children of Israel our of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise.  In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father for the water of Baptism.  In it we are buried with Christ in his death.  By it we share in his resurrection.  Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. …

8 Responses

  1. As the rain pours down here, I am tempted to take this very life force for granted. But these rains bring new life and your words stir meaning today. Thank you.

  2. What lovely meditation. I love that particularly striking image from Scripture found in the first verses of Genesis: (Genesis 1:2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
    Nothing could happen, no life could spring from the Earth unitl the Spirit had blown into it, imbuing LIFE, even as the Father blew into the first man’s nostrils, and there was life.
    I live near the ocean to remind me continually that, at some point in our collective past, we crawled up onto the dry land from the depths of the waters.
    More immediately, in the womb, we survive in the amniotic waters…
    Water is so wonderful – cleansing, refreshing, life-giving and life-restoring.
    In baptism, we rise up from the watery grave into the New Life of the Redeemer.

  3. Scott, beautiful thoughts to add to this meditation.

  4. Hey, I know those people in that photo. Such a handsome family.

  5. A dear friend sent me this posting this morning. Last night we were together planning a fund raiser for Episcopal Relief and Development to help build a well in a village that has no access to clean water. The reflection on the sacramental nature of
    things we take for granted adds a dimension of holiness to our lives that we are often unaware of. . I am grateful for this insight!

  6. Sally your comment brought tears to my eyes. Having worked in Africa where many of the women walked at least 45 minutes for water your words hit me very deeply. I am glad that my post helped you connect to the sacramental nature of what you are doing

  7. […] Like most Seattlites I usually complain about the rain.  But this morning as I sat watching it fall gently on my thirsty garden and drank in the fresh fragrance of the rain cleansed air my heart rejoiced.  Baptism I thought.  God has drenched the whole earth with love and faithful this morning.  God has touched me too with a cleansing rain that has seeped into the dry and parched areas of my soul much as I wrote about earlier this year in a post entitled Thank God for the Gift of Water […]

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