Readings: Psalm 51:1-12, Acts 26:12-18, Matthew 6:12-15
October 2 is our Baptism Celebration at Shepherd. We are so excited! Toddlers, school age children, and adults will all be received in Jesus’ name through the water and the Word. We rejoice for these new brothers and sisters in Christ, and think with joy about our own baptisms, too. We can say with King David, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” I’m not sure if the “willing spirit” he mentions is his own spirit, willing to surrender to God, or the will of the Holy Spirit to sustain him. Both meanings are integral to our life, don’t you think? Our spirit and our heart and our will need to be bent to Christ so we can have the life He offers. And also we pray the Holy Spirit will sustain us in all life’s circumstances and to eternity. Praise God for so many willing spirits and little lambs of all ages running to the Lord’s arms this Sunday. As the hymnal says, “The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you the new birth of water and of the Spirit and has forgiven you all your sins, strengthen you with His grace to life everlasting.” Amen!