A Beautiful Little Girl Waving Her Way Into Church

What a miracle.  Watching little Skylar waving to the audience before her baptism.  I told her before the service … “Skylar you are going to see angels!” And she did.  She waved.  They waved back.

Sacrament can so quickly mire itself in a rigid formality that suck all life out of it.  But the point is … always is … LIFE.   Sacrament is not an end itself but a portal to things greater, things more joyous, things more real.

Read God’s request, written over 2,000 years ago in the books of Isaiah ….

“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.
But whoever sacrifices a bull
is like one who kills a person,
and whoever offers a lamb
is like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
whoever makes a grain offering
is like one who presents pig’s blood,
and whoever burns memorial incense
is like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,
and they delight in their abominations;
so I also will choose harsh treatment for them
and will bring on them what they dread.
For when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil in my sight
and chose what displeases me.”  (Isaiah 66)

Revolutionary stuff.  The very thing we believe God most wants … rigid, ritualized sacrifice/ ceremony … is exactly what He does not call for.

The New Church can seize that perspective.  Emanuel Swedenborg phrases it beautifully,

“The life that leads to heaven is not a life withdrawn from the world, but a life in the world; and a life of piety separated from a life of charity does not lead to heaven, but one of charity does.” (Heaven and Hell 533)

How did Skylar’s service end?  Well one ending … little Duncan asked his mom, “Mom when I can I get baptized?”

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