Dependence Day

Face painted with US & Canada flags (found with Google)

The beginning of July marks two major holidays in Canada and the United States: Today, of course, is Independence Day; this past Friday, north of the 49th parallel, we enjoyed Canada Day festivities.  As Canadians and Americans, we have much to be thankful for as we live in freedom.

Reflecting on these holidays last year, my colleague Rick Apperson encouraged his blog readers to also celebrate Dependence Day.  In at least one regard, independence is not all that it’s cracked up to be: A life dependent on God is preferable to a life independent from Him.  The psalmist confesses how “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  We depend on our Creator, Saviour, and Sustainer even when we don’t realize it.

I formally professed my faith in Jesus before my church family on 13 June 1993 at First (now Gateway Community) CRC in Abbotsford.  I sometimes think of that as my own personal “Dependence Day.”  I declared my love for and dependence upon Jesus.  The occasion affirmed what was promised to me at my baptism as an infant, that my heavenly Father claims me as His child and fills me with His Holy Spirit.  “Dependence Day” reminds me not only who I am, but also whose I am.  In many ways, my baptism and profession of faith are not simply events in the past, but markers and reminders of a particular way of life, grounded in faith and oriented around Jesus.

Do you remember the day of your baptism, confirmation, and/or profession of faith?  Do you ever reflect on how it continues to form your identity and impacts your life today?

4 thoughts on “Dependence Day

  1. Kristy W says:

    Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song called “Declaration of Dependence”


  2. A Bond says:

    This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the church where I was baptized almost 10 years ago now. It felt like coming home. As I took communion with these beautiful people I reflected on how sometimes we minister to each other just by knowing them and being there.
    So yes, it is good to be dependent. And to be depended on…


  3. SjG says:

    Thanks for sharing that, A. I think that as we depend more and more on God, we ourselves become more dependable for others! God bless you! ~Stan


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