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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 16, 2021

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FRIDAY, April 16          [Peter Williams Cassey and Annie Besant Cassey]

Luke 3:16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Some years ago, as I was in a queue waiting to order my coffee, I noticed a woman going down the line speaking to people. She was handing out leaflets and talking about her church. When she got to me, she saw my clerical collar and pleasantly asked, “I suppose you are baptized, but are you baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire?” She was Pentecostal, I figured out. And she was probably surprised when I said, “Yes!”

John was right about Jesus: the baptism that we now practice is by water and the Spirit. Sometimes we forget that. The fact is, the Holy Spirit is scary, leading us to places we could only go by God’s grace. Most of the time, I favor a tame Christianity. I give thanks for that woman, with whom I had a very pleasant conversation, for reminding me that all of us Christians are warmed and animated by the fire of the Holy Spirit.

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PRAY for the Diocese of Blackburn (England)

Ps 16, 17 * 134, 135 | Daniel 3:1-18 | 1 John 3:1-10 | Luke 3:15-22

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