Ross Smillie
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This morning we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, and we celebrate all our baptisms.  We celebrate that through baptism, God says these awesome and wonderful words to each of us, “You are my beloved Child, and I am very pleased with you.” Those words were spoken to Jesus at his baptism, and they are part of the meaning of every baptism ever since, for baptism is the sign of grace that we are loved, no matter how far we run, or how bitterly we disappoint. This love does not diminish with distance or fade with time. It endures. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are loved. It may be hard for us to believe or accept or claim that love, but it is there and we can trust it right to the very end.