Guest Blogger: Rev. Ruth Shannon


“Then [Saul] got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” – Acts 9:19

This is the story of Saul finding his true identity in Jesus Christ. We all have moments, though not so dramatic, in which we, too, wonder who we really are.

One such time brought me to Lakeside seeking assurance. It was a blustery March day… strong winds, huge waves… a threat of rain. The day reflected my mood. I put a chunk of bread and a little container of grape juice into a brown paper sack and headed toward the water. Maybe the power of the wind and waves would clear my mind and heart.

I climbed out onto a huge rock… sat there thinking, praying. The rain came, mixing with my tears. Baptism, I thought! Then I remembered that in my baptism, I had been marked by Christ as a child of God. That’s who I was!

In deep gratitude, I took the bread and cup from my sack… took in the Grace of God… celebrated the Gift I had been given through the life, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

To be God’s child was all the identity I needed!

This week’s Chaplain of the Week is the Rev. Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair and Director of the Center of Urban Ministry, United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

The theme for the week is “Claiming Our True Identity: Baptism and Communion as Spiritual Resources for Ministry and Mission.”