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Taking the Plunge Again

I'm reading Tom Wright's book, The Original Jesus, which is based on a TV programme 'Jesus - Then and Now' that he did in cooperation with the BBC's 'First Light' series in early 1996.  It's not heavy reading, has plenty of scriptural references and lots of pictures of the Holy Land.  

Speaking of John the Baptist, Wright tells how John preached a baptism of repentance while actually plunging people in the River Jordan.  "The Greek word for 'plunge' or 'dip', or 'splash' or even 'flood' or 'drown' is baptizo, so they called John's plunging 'baptism', and they called John himself 'John the Plunger', or with the Greek  word, 'John the Baptizer'."  John the Plunger?  That made me laugh.  Out loud.

After celebrating the Incarnation, the mystery of God in Flesh come among us on Christmas Day, Heart Of My Heart and I will stand together on Friday to commit ourselves to support another child as his godparents.  Each time, we walk through the waters of the Jordan, delivered as God's people, as He shows us the way to the Promised Land.  By now, we're into double-digits in 'god- kids', but we love each and every one of them!  This newest lad's name is C. 

The rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) state the following:

   Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, 
   and also take vows on behalf of their candidates. ... Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning
   of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christian(s) grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their 
   responsibilities as members of his Church. 

Being asked to help raise a young life in the faith and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is an incredible responsibility.  It is an honor and a privilege that we do not take lightly.  We are grateful for the many wonderful gifts God has bestowed upon us as a part of His people, being called to do this work.  

This time will be a bit different for me.  Many times, we have stood with the parents and other godparents.  A few years ago, I sang the Exsultet at the Easter Vigil before we pledged our lives to our last goddaughter.  Now, as a recently accepted Postulant for Holy Orders, and being asked by the Rector to serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister,  I admit I'm beginning to feel just a little bit Abraham-ish.  I thank my CPE mates for leading me to that image after some personal sharing in our group earlier this year.  

I will count C as a gift I am receiving this Christmas.  Thank you, J, thank you, C, and Thank You, God.  I'm happy to take the plunge with you in the 'living waters' of the Jordan.


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Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Or John the Dipper, John the splasher
John the flooder?

Ja, it zounds sehr besser in Grik.
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