As Presbyterians, we do not believe that we achieve salvation for ourselves. The words and waters of baptism are not some magic potion that secures our salvation, whether baptized as an infant or as an adult. Baptism is a recognition and joyful reminder that God has sealed us into God’s life and love.
I think the unexpected gift that day was that peace was birthed into this world despite the violence that threatened it. Indeed, peace is still being birthed into this world despite the violence that currently threatens it. Over the past few days, the news has been dominated by the escalating tensions between our country and Iran. And I think it’s a good time to be reminded that we’ve never found peace by killing our enemies. More often than not, killing our “enemies” ends up creating even more of them.