Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22


“The blessing of God; Eternal Majesty, Incarnate Word an Abiding Spirit be upon you, remain with you, and remind you that you are God’s beloved child every single day of your life.”


This is the blessing I usually give to young people who cross their arms at the time of Communion seeking a blessing.  The words, you might recognize, come from the Gospel story of Jesus’ baptism.


Sometimes, while giving the blessing, we make eye contact.  Sometimes, I find myself saying the words so forcefully, I wonder if I’m not scaring them more than assuring them.


I just want them to hear what I’m saying.  I want them to believe it. I want them to remember it.

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