This activity invites you to explore the Baptismal Covenant in prayer and reflection during your day and throughout the week. Each morning, write a short prayer based on that day’s question from the Baptismal Covenant. Each evening, reflect on how you are living into this aspect of your faith.
Br. David Vryhof introduces the third week’s activity, the “Well of Life,” which invites us to pray with and reflect on the Baptismal Covenant throughout our day.
Transcript: In this third week of our program, we’re considering the Second Mark of Love or Second Mark of Mission, which is teaching, baptizing, and nurturing new believers. The exercise we’ve designed for this week is entitled Well of Life. And it’s a way of exploring this faith that we’re nurturing and encouraging in one another.
In the left-hand column, you’ll find five questions. These five questions come from the Baptismal Covenant – the five promises that each of us makes as part of our baptism. The questions are as follows: First, will you continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? Second, will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? Third, will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? Fourth, will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? And fifth, will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
What we would like you to do with these five questions is first of all, to compose a prayer at the beginning of the day. Select a question that you’ll carry with you through the day, and write a short prayer. For example, the fourth question is “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” So you might write in here as a prayer, “Today, Lord, help me to seek you, to see you and to serve you in the people that I meet, or perhaps in one particular person that I’m aware that I’ll be encountering today.” So we express our desire to live out this question in a prayer in the second column.
And then at the end of the day, we reflect on our experience of this. How has this question been present with us through the day and how has it shaped our interactions. What have we noticed? What did we do differently or how did this question affect the way we were living today? And just write a note to yourself in the third column that reminds you of how this question impacted you today.
There are five questions, one for each of five days. Take a question and live with it through the day. Pray it and try to lean into what it is asking of you.
– Br. David Vryhof