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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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I love the symbolism and meaning behind baptism. I love talking to a family about the importance of the duties that they have in baptism--to live with God's faithful people. I love that the gathered believers, many of whom do not know the person being baptized, promise to pray and support this newly baptized member--adopting them into the fold. I love placing my hand on the forehead of the newly baptized and saying "you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever." I love that we are chosen to be children of God and receive this glorious grace. How do you intentionally support the newly baptized in your community?

Living Water, wash over us each day and remind us of your covenant of grace. Bless all of your children and help us to follow-through on our promises too. Amen.

John Klawiter, '12
Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, Minn.

Ephesians 1:3-14 (NRSV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.
5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight
9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,
10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,
12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;
14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.