We live near the Chesapeake Bay. I enjoy being near the water and sometimes exploring the rivers that flow into the bay. Though on this morning the water is in the form of several inches of snow. No matter. We will soon get to Spring and the liquid kind. In whatever form, we are reminded that water is the substance of life. This is especially true in our Christian life. Our life begins in the waters of baptism. In this simple act and by God’s word, we are born anew. We are cleansed of original sin, and enter into eternal life. Jesus gives the living water which enlivens us and flows out for the good of others. Water is even spoken of in eternity as the river of life flowing from the throne of God, a river clear as crystal for the healing of the nations. So I think my enjoyment of the water comes naturally as a symbol of the joy and grace that comes from our Lord. I realize that in our fallen world water can be destructive in floods and storms, but that doesn’t change the truth that it is the substance of life. When disasters strike, as they will in our world, it causes us to draw even more deeply upon the waters of life from our Lord Jesus Christ.