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Topic: Drip (04/25/13)
TITLE: The Drip of Life
By Linda Berg
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Her head broke through the water. With the water running down over her face and dripping from her chin to the pool beneath, she took a sigh of relief. A smile moved quickly across her face, making the dimple in her right cheek deeper than usual. Her daddy put his arms around her and drew her close. She reciprocated by tightly wrapping her arms up and around his neck. As her face appeared over his shoulder I saw her close her eyes, a smile of delight on her face.
They both turned and made their way up the steps and out of the baptistery. I stood on the other side of the stairs with towels. I reached for her immediately wrapping a towel around her, tears dripping from my face.
“Oh Kelly…” I began, the words choking in my voice. “Congratulations honey, you have made the most important decision of your life.”
I reached for her dad standing nearby, giving him a towel with one hand, while drawing him into the hug of our daughter and myself. As our eyes met I saw tears gathered in the corner of his eyes.
A similar scenario had played out in our lives several times previously. It was the scenario of birth.
The previous scenarios all included these elements: conception of the seed, joy at the awareness of new life to come, a season of nourishment and growth, labor, delivery and the passing of a new life into my hands as each child born of me was physically passed from the doctor’s hands to my own.
The emotions were similar with each scenario as tears ran down my face and dripped from my chin with the arrival of each new child. My husband, their daddy, was always nearby with tears gathered in his eyes. At each birth; there was that moment our eyes locked in delight with the shared joy of the moment and the reality of the blessed gift bestowed on us, a child.
Physical birth is a putting off of the old life found in the womb. Life in Christ is found in a putting off of the old life found in the physical nature. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”
The scenario of birth, whether in the physical birth or in the spiritual birth is a blessed gift.
NIV I Corinthians 2:9-16
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