A good cosmic skin peel

In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands by the stripping off of the body of flesh, symbolically buried in baptism, you are raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God who raised Him from the dead. Although you were dead…God made you alive with Christ. Col. 2:11-13a

Something new happens to us when we believe in Christ. He offers us life, freedom, and goodwill in all the areas in which we felt dead, trapped, and victimized. Whatever needs stripping away be it mask or chain or grave-clothes, Christ strips us down to our true and redeemed selves. Being made alive with Christ is experiential. It is awareness. It is meaning. It is truth.

Lord, thank you for this fresh aliveness.