Dip your toes into the water with me
I am not afraid to be close. For,
Like the river I move … around and
In between and under you.
I touch you with cold,
A silent otherworld, see-through and shimmering

Wade into me and I will baptize you
Around your waist, under your arms
Father—in the name of—Son—in the name of—Spirit

Rise and breach my surface-glass,
My stratosphere resurrection. Now,
Unwrap the linen—in the name of
Zoe and glory,
The raucous dance, undignified and pure

Splash around in me, a child again
Sing happy, sing stars and rain
Driblets dancing in ripples; one, now two and three

In the pale we sit, dimming with the day
Dipping our toes, splashing, laughing …
And I am not afraid,

In the name of, in the name of


Tim's authored four books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. He and his wife, Christine, co-founded The Edges and live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their three pixie-daughters. Sign-up here to follow their work.