We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Written by: Kyle Stanforth
Today, especially here in the Southwest many of us celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which translates “Day of the Dead.” It is a day when we celebrate those who have passed away, particularly in the past year.
This week at Sun Valley, we celebrated baptism! Modeling after Luke 15, when something was lost (a coin, sheep, or son) and then was found, they threw a party. Here at Sun Valley, we celebrate baptism with a party like no other. Why? Because we have new life! I encourage anyone who attends our baptisms to get in the “splash zone” close to the front to catch a glimpse of the people’s faces as they’re getting baptized. Sometimes it’s joy. Sometimes it’s laughter. Sometimes it’s tears. But it is always a face of life change.
As the passage above from Romans reads, “We were buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
What a beautiful picture of death, burial, and resurrection! So, this week while many of our friends are celebrating “Dia de los Muertos,” we at Sun Valley we choose to celebrate “Dia de los Vivos” (Day of the Living)!
Thought of the day: Jesus came so we may have life and have it “to the full.” Does my attitude reflect someone who has been raised from the dead?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace. Through Your Son, I can have life abundantly. Give me the strength to be light in the dark places of this world. Help me to know I am in this world, but no longer of it. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.