Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

April 12

Something in the Water

“Then somebody said what I'm saying to you,
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.
They said, ‘Just a little faith, it'll all get better.’
So I followed that preacher man down to the river,
And now I'm changed, and now I'm stronger
There must've been something in the water.”

The gift of baptism is so great that it’s hard to wrap your head around it sometimes. 1 Peter 3:21 says, “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

When we are baptized, our loved ones promise to put a Bible in our hands, and they promise to help us live a life of faith as God’s children. Sometimes, it seems we forget that we are called to walk in faith, or the walk gets hard. Sometimes, you get back to your dorm room in the middle of the night, and you have an anxiety attack because you feel that you’ve failed, that you aren’t good enough, that God hates you. Carrie Underwood says it best:

“Then it hit me like a lightning late one night - I was all out of hope and all out of fight
Couldn't fight back the tears so I fell on my knees,
Saying, "God, if you're there, come and rescue me.

I remember texting two of my best friends and my mom late one night, but of course no one was awake at the time to comfort me. I wrapped myself in the prayer shawl Reformation gave me for high school graduation and immediately felt the love I needed at that time

“Felt love pouring down from above; got washed in the water, washed in the blood.”

Remembering the gift of baptism and God’s love, I was comforted and able to fall asleep that night. And as Carrie says, I was changed and now I’m stronger. Whenever I find myself struggling to feel like I am enough, I listen to this song. Whether you are a country music fan, or you absolutely hate it, I highly recommend you listen to the song Something in the Water by Carrie Underwood. Really listen to the lyrics and remember that you are loved and you are a part of God’s family, no matter your faults, no matter your internal battles. Remember, God uses everyone, even a blind man, even a dead man, even you and me

Eileen Vlamis
College student

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