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Alex Haley, in his book, Roots, shared the story of an old slave who one day drove his master to a great ball at an adjoining plantation. As the slave sat quietly in the buggy waiting for his master to return, he became aware not only of the sounds coming from the big house, but of strange music coming from a small hut nearby. He followed the music until he found himself standing in the doorway of a slave’s home, listening to the music of his childhood in Africa. Later that night, alone in his own cabin, he wept for what he had almost forgotten, but now had remembered. In a sense, the sacrament of baptism is God’s music which calls us back repeatedly to the truth of his forgiveness of us through Jesus Christ. It reminds us that we can always have a new start; no matter what happened yesterday, or this morning, or years ago we can always start again - forgiven and free.

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