Born of water and the Spirit

I am not preaching this Sunday, and there was no little Lenten story/legend this morning, so consider this an offering to replace them both.


You know, although it wasn’t recorded,

that when God made Adam —

dust of the earth in human form —

there was water.

Imagine it: trying to breathe life

into dust — it went


and everywhere was so new.

The bible says, there were streams

bubbling up from the underground,

secret sources whispering,



scooped a palmful of water,

pressed the dust into beauty,

breathed life, Spirit —

call it what you will —

that first kiss left traces of mud

on the lips of them both.


Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” (John 3:4-5)

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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