Lutherans have a special insight about baptism. We don't see it as a 10-minute ceremony that happens to babies. We believe it takes a lifetime to complete.
Luther called baptism "the daily garment which the Chistian is to wear all the time." That is, the pattern of our Christian life comes from the continuous arc of baptism — being brought low, washed and then raised up. Every day is a new experience of that cycle: recognizing our sin, remembering that we were baptized as children of God and then being invigorated by the assurance of forgiveness.
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