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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.

Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.