The Baptism of our Lord is celebrated in the winter, when it's cold, and no one is thinking of climbing in a river or lake for a swim. (then you jump on the lake for a skate!)
Now, however, playing in the puddles, the sprinklers and the pools is an every-five-days occurance. (it takes that long to get back up to 85) Which means my kids are always coming in dirty. M especially likes to play in the dirt and J gets sand in his hair on a regular basis, N is starting to smell like a teenager!
Every night, I give them a bath. Every morning, they get dirty.
Does God ever just breath a big sigh when we walk down the aisle from baptism or communion and think, "will this ever end?"
Seventy times Seven, or forever and always. God will wash us clean from our sin. And just as many times we will get dirty again.
Thank God for enough water for a bath or two each day!
Thank God for kids who can go outside and play and get dirty!
Thank God for forgiving me when I get dirty, since I can not stay clean on my own!