February 21, 2018

Water and the Word Create New Life

In 1523, Martin Luther wrote his Little Book of Baptism. In it, he added something he called “the flood prayer” to the baptism liturgy. In this prayer, we give thanks for all the ways God has used water and for God’s promise to bring about new life. The prayer also connects the newly baptized person to the larger biblical narrative.

The narrative described in this prayer provides a wonderful model for reflection during Lent, centered around the idea that water, with the word, creates new life.