Today was an amazing day in my life....but more so in the lives of three of my congregation members....a mother and her daughter celebrated their baptisms, and another youth....remembered her Baptism. It was not just a normal, sprinkle on the head kind of baptism....nope...it was a meet at the river's edge kind of Baptism....and it sent chills all over me....and it was not just the cool breeze....it was the presence of the Holy Spirit. This Baptism reminded me of one so long ago...in the River Jordan when John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
I love rituals and this is one of my favorite....right up there with Communion. The coolest thing to me was that the little girl on the right....brought her little friend....on the left....to church on Sunday....then...the little girl on the left... brought her grandmother....then her mother....and I think and the children will lead them.
Today the Baptism of these two, and the remembering of her Baptism were answered prayers and there was a large attendance from our church members to celebrate with them. It was one of the largest attended baptisms I have been to....ever! As Josh performed the service...I kept running two songs in my mind...."Gonna lay down my burdens....down by the riverside..." and "As I went down to the river to pray" from O Brother Where Art Thou.....that is exactly what they did. How awesome this was to witness! How awesome is our God! What a Wonderful Sunday spent in Christian Fellowship! Can I get an Amen!
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.