It is interesting how much most people like to look at fire and water.
I can sit and watch a fire or sit by the lake and wander-off into thought. Many people say they get inspiration from fire or water. I wonder why that is?
Perhaps it is because we were born of fire and water. And perhaps, more importantly, because we have been redeemed through fire and water.
Up to 60 percent of the human body is water (The brain and heart are about 73 percent water, and the lungs are about 83 percent water. Blood plasma is about 92 water).
Without water, human life cannot continue. Humans also generate electricity. When a person consumes 2000 calories in a day, every calorie from food (kCal) is equal to 4200 joules of energy.
Used over the course of a day (86,400 seconds), this person uses an average of 97.2 joules a second, meaning they have an average power of 97.2 watts. It has been said that there is no greater source of renewable energy than the human body.
Creation began with water and fire. Water covered the earth until God spoke dry land into existence, and the fire of creation was the spark that jump-started human life.
It is fitting that God would ordain water as an outward sign of an inward grace. The water of Baptism serves as the fleshly sign of spiritual redemption. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is often referred to as a fire that gives us strength, guidance, and protection.
Humans are inseparably connected to water and fire. Without water, we die. Without fire (energy), we die. No wonder we are so entranced by water and fire. There is also spiritual water and fire. Spiritual water quenches our spiritual thirst for a relationship with God. The fire of the Holy Spirit gives us strength to stand against the powers of darkness.
By His baptism in water, Jesus of Nazareth took our human nature upon Himself, and by baptism in water we proclaim that we have given our lives to Jesus and the Kingdom of God. By sharing in the Holy Communion, we are reminded of our redemption and re-creation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Water quenches our thirst and fire feeds our souls.
Our Creator sustains us with living water that never runs out and loves us with Holy Fire that never goes out. Don’t give-up on God, because God never gives-up on you. “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NRSV).
Blessings and Peace to You All,
Rev. Dr. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at email@example.com. St. Andrew's worship service is at 10 a.m., every Sunday, and broadcast on KWXC 88.9 FM at noon on Thursdays and at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.