1 Peter 3:18-22(NRSV)

18 For Christ also suffered a for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you b to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for c a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Mark 16:16 (NRSV)

16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.                            

DEVOTION – Helen Bliss (Washington)

Years ago, m husband and attended a small church in California.  Once in a sermon the pastor told us that his mother had framed her children’s baptismal certificates and hung them above their beds.  They could rest assured as children of God.

Remembering this story, I recently decided to take out our baptismal certificates, frame them, and hung them above our bed.  As I di, my mind traveled back trough the years of my life that have been enriched by the assurance of God’s love.  Our heavenly Father gave his only son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die for us, to save us from all our sins.  We realize this gift when we repent  of our disobedience and turn to the love of God.

To me, the most important part of my life is the fact that I was baptized.  I am thankful that through baptism God bestows on us the gift of the Holy Spirit to be our companion, guide, and comfort.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What is my Visual reminder of God’s love?

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for the gift of baptism and for salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: SOMEONE PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

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