Lots of gifts are given at church. Yesterday a baby was bathed in the waters of Holy Baptism. I witnessed the sponsors confess the Lutheran faith into which this child was to be baptized. I silently confessed my own sins and was given the comfort of the cleansing of my sins as the baby was given that same forgiveness. The baptized child is now a member of the body of Christ. I am joined to this child in the Christian faith. I will pray for this child and encourage the parents as they teach their child the Christian faith.
Later in the service dinner was served. The crucified and arisen Lord’s Body and Blood were eaten for the forgiveness of my sins. This precious gift was given to me and my fellow believers at the table. I shared in the wondrous blessings that are given freely by our loving God. He is the Giver, and I am the receiver.
No need for dessert. I’m cleansed, fed, and full.