Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Wonder: Imagine yourself at the threshold…of what? What might be ahead? How does it feel to wonder about that?
Read: Joshua 24.14-15. When the Israelites stood at the edge of the Promised Land, ready to enter and begin a new settled life, Joshua spoke to them:
‘Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’
Reflect: So often in Scripture the threshold involves water in some way. How many water stories can you think of?
(Noah? Moses? Crossing the Red Sea into the unknown? Standing at the Jordan, ready to enter the Promised Land? “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters!” Jesus’ baptism? Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well? The river of life flowing in the kingdom of God? others?)
At baptism we cross the threshold into Christ’s community and are called to a whole way of life following his path. How are you living out your baptismal identity and promise today?
Remember and Pray: At every baptism, we are reminded of the promises we have all made: to turn our hearts and lives toward God’s call, to live the Christian faith and to teach it to others, to guide and nurture each other in the life of faith. Pray a prayer of thanks for God’s faithfulness, and ask for help in being faithful to the promise yourself.