E-votional  With Fire
May 17, 2001
"I baptize you with water for repentance, . . . [h]e will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
-Matthew 3:11 (NRSV)


Precious and unaware is the child in the arms of the minister as he or she is baptized.  With eyes looking upward, flashing from the minister, to the parents and then to the congregation.  What is going on, why am I wet?  Is it time for my bath?  The thoughts of an infant or child.
Hear the Good News, When we are baptized, our life become different, who we are and who we are to be, it changes, all for the better.  This Sunday we will be baptizing a young girl and her mother, receiving both into the church.  What God has in store for the both of them, who knows, what we do know is that His presence will be with the both of them, all their life.  Now, about yours.  Do you remember your baptism?  Have you realized all that He has done in your life?  The last part of the passage, with fire, here is a parting shot.  John baptized with water, it washes the surface, but fire, it cleanses and purifies through and through.  Remember you baptism and be thankful.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 
By water, and by fire you come to us.  Gracious Father, help me to realize all I am to be and all I am to do.  Graciously You have received even me.  Help me to remember and receive those who come to me.  Thank You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do.  Amen.