Sin is the source of our wounds, and forgiveness is the balm that heals.
Baptism changes the way we see the world because baptism gives us all the forgiveness we will ever need, the very moment we are touched by the water. We are cleansed with the waters of forgiveness that promise we need not purify ourselves again. Baptism does not mean we live outside the reality of sin. Baptism means we live as already forgiven sinners.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Forgiveness for good” written by AmyJo Mattheis that first appeared in the Summer 2005 issue of Café magazine. Today we remember Seattle, chief of the Duwamish Confederacy, who died in 1866.
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