Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 9:30am
Here we are again. At the familiar story we tell every year. The story of Jesus’s baptism. Do you ever wonder why we read this story every year? Or why we are encouraged to remember our own baptisms…even reaffirm them?
While we are born with an Original Blessing (the blessing of being made in our Creator’s image), we tend to focus more on Original Sin. There is something deep within our psyches that tells us that we must earn love, worth, dignity, and respect. That who we are, as we are, is not good enough.
And this is a lie. A lie told to us over and over and over again. We become so far removed from our Original Blessing that we forget about it and fall deeper and deeper into the pitfalls of shame, sin, and disconnection.
Over the years, life can become overwhelming with disappointment, grief, anger, each one breaking us down, tearing us down until those critical words, “You are my beloved,” are muffled out. Our greatest blessing—our critical piece—goes missing.
The story of Jesus’s baptism is a story of us too. The words spoken over Jesus that day in the Jordan River, are spoken over us now, today. “You are my beloved with whom I am well pleased.”
I don’t know how many people heard that voice that day. I’m glad that someone heard, saw the dove, felt the fire and had the guts to tell us. Because maybe then we, though sorely influenced by the other voices surrounding us, might be open to such a voice in our own lives and in our own hearts.
Together, let us reclaim our Original Blessing this new year.
I hope you’ll join us for worship at 8 a.m. (in the Chapel), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary), or Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (also ongoing on our YouTube Channel).
Peace in Christ,