In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. (NRSV)
I was baptized as a baby so I don’t remember the experience, but I do remember both my children being baptized surrounded by our family and friends. Baptism for me is all about being part of a church family and knowing that your church family will be with you through thick and thin and help you on your journey.
In this passage, I think Jesus wanted us to know that he was part of our church family and vice versa, that he was one of us. When I moved to Napa, my personal church family was physically gone. I felt completely alone and didn’t have anyone to talk to about what was happening. I wasn’t very loving especially to my husband. I thought at the time that this was my 40 days in the desert. It took more than 40 days, but with God’s help I came to realize I had the strength to go it alone, I could find a new church family.
Thank you Napa First for being my church family. It means more than you know.
-Submitted by Liz Marks