Calendar Girl  
Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 08:30 AM - Extra Christy
The Presbyterian Planning Calendar starts tomorrow, June 1st. We have a mid year start day for our calendar because church programs, like schools, often start in September and finish in May.

I have a ritual when I get a new work calendar. I turn to March 1st and mark in my wife's birthday and July 12th to mark our wedding anniversary. Not because I would forget if I didn't write it down, but because when my wife sees my work calendar I want her to know that among all the ties and commitments of my work life, I still note the commitment I have to her all the days of our life together.

One church I served sent out baptism day cards instead of birthday cards. Our baptism date is a date not many of us have marked on our yearly calendars either at home or work, and that is partly why the church sent the baptism cards, to remind folks amidst all their work responsibilities and enjoyable recreations to save time for remembering the beginning of their Christian life and the gift of faith it honors.

Do you know your baptism date? Why not look it up and put it on your calendar? We can always use another excuse to celebrate and the Christian life is a good reason to rejoice. Like marking my wife's birthday and our wedding anniversary "keeping the day" can be a joyful occasion to pause and remember who you are and whose you are.

You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts-limbs, organs, cells-but no matter how many parts you can name, you're still one body. It's exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (The Message)

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