Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:8 NRSV)
Several years ago, the St. Charles Avenue Christian Church in New Orleans, which is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, had a serious fire in the sanctuary. In the pre-dawn darkness after the fire was extinguished the assistant fire chief, a Roman Catholic, wandered into the church to inspect the damage to the ceiling. Looking upward with his flashlight he failed to notice where he was stepping. Suddenly he tripped over something on the floor and fell into the church's baptistry. Ironically it was filled with water from the fire hoses. Pulling himself out, the assistant fire chief stumbled and sputtered into the street. He noticed the fire department chaplain coming by and he asked, "Father, who are those people in there?" The chaplain replied, "They're the Disciples of Christ." The chief, still soaked from his plunge into the baptistry, responded, "Well Father, I don't know anything about them but it looks like I'm one of them now."

Through our baptism, may we all experience the living water of God, and may we all become one in Christ Jesus!

God of peace, full me full of your living water, as I work to bring unity to your people. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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