Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Fountain

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Fountain

Article excerpt

How to wash Creation clean? Once

God sucked up the great waters from

the deeps. Only the righteous floated,

arriving safely on dry ground. Their reward:

a rainbow made of water and light.

Sprinkling simulates drowning, a little death.

I remember my own baptism in a cold

lake. My feet cringe now, remembering

the keen pebbles as I came out pristine,

resurrected to a crowd singing hymns.

And then, today, when a tiny splash of

prayed-over water scattered from the priest's

fingers onto a girl baby's forehead, the drops

glistened like wet silver, hinting at

a reservoir of grace larger than any font.

Pray that this minor immersion will

make for her a virtue of cleanness-

any sips drunk or bathed in becoming

everyday reminders of the promise of the Spirit,

an inner fountain springing always fresh. …

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