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Diving in to prayer

Pamela Kennedy February 11, 2024 4 3
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Matthew 3:16-4:2 (NRSVA)

3) 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

4) 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.

No better pep-talk: Beloved; now go.



I have to admit to being apprehensive.


A little exposed

Taut, cling-filmed blue before me

Flawless surface —

Impossible to break?

Yet inviting

That I might plunge in, not holding back

Depths unfathomable

Rush of cool, swirl of bubble

Immersed in love, propelled by Spirit

And held!


All the preparations have been made: a way where there was no way, that I might enter the very throne room of God. In Christ, always in Him, granting free and easy access, never alone. Why should I ever hold back? Muscles are readied, they make their stretch, and







Lord God

The very notion that You invite me in to Your presence, just as I am, is dizzying and beautiful. Forgive my hesitation. Apprehending the breathtaking beauty of communion with You and trusting that You will lead by Your Spirit, I enter in. Would that I be found here, and would that You be glorified.