On Sunday when we baptized little Wyatt, here’s the benediction I spoke over him:
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, Wyatt
he who formed you,
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43)
It’s a promise God makes for all his children- that even though there may be rising waters and raging fires, the LORD is present with us to redeem us. It is not so much that God keeps us from the storms and fires as it is that he is present with us in the midst of them.
Fear not! We belong to him, and we always will!
Your together in Christ,