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Luke 3:16 He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Along with dried-up pens, I’ve also had to throw out some misperceptions I had about myself, some bad habits, my tendency for self-deprecation. These things hurt me and hurt my relationship with my wife—they kept me from growing.
As we age, we throw away outdated perceptions of ourselves, simplistic understandings of God, and romanticized ideas about how the world may work. Maturing in our lives and in our expressions of faith is indeed a baptism of fire. The dead parts of ourselves are burned away, thrown out with the chaff. The fire can be healing, and it can burn away the things that prevent us from growing.
Today the Church remembers William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645.