On occasion, the boys and I head out into God's first sacrament, the place he first made his grace known to men and women--nature. Our favorite among The First Sacramental places is Steel Creek, a short stretch of the Buffalo River with the best little swimming hole in all of America. (This is not hyperbolic.) After a day in the water, we walked upstream and were treated to witness a sacrament within The First Sacrament. We happened upon them just as the preacher invoked the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, just as he named them husband and wife under the banner of the Trinity. And if this sacrament within The First Sacrament were not enough, after the first kiss, the bride and groom made their way into the river. No, it wasn't a formal baptism, but it turned into a baptism nonetheless.
Today, the boys and I visited Steel Creek, a beautiful swimming hole on the #Buffalo River. We took a little walk upstream and saw this couple, exchanging vows on the banks. After participating in the sacrament of marriage, they lowered themselves in the water, just for grins. Those grins turned wet (as if you didn't see that coming). This is the first time I can say I've seen a concurrent #wedding and a #baptism. I'm glad I had the camera handy.
The world is a sacramental place, a place where God's grace is made known to us through the elements, through vows, through the things that otherwise seem ordinary. Sacraments unfold within sacraments within sacraments, and in that unfolding, somehow, the world is preserved.
Thanks be to God.
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