"You had about the same chance of choosing your God as you had in choosing your parents. This God of Sara and Abraham, this God who so madly loved the world God created that God slipped into skin and walked among us as Jesus…this God who speaks through crazy prophets and kisses lepers and makes whole that which is broken, this very God has chosen you…claimed you and named you as God’s own. It’s a wonderful mercy. A wild mystery to have a God who comes down to claim you in water and words forever marking you as God’s own."
during a baptismal service