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Monday, August 30, 2010

I'm Official Now

Well, I did it, I was baptized on Sunday, the church was pretty full, at least it seemed like there were more people there. The service went on as usual, then it was time to get on with the baptism. A good friend was getting baptized the same day, so he went first, it was touching to see, he has had some health problems in the past and chose to be sprinkled instead of the full on dip, it was wonderful to watch.

Then it was my turn, this is my pastor and his wife (you probably understand by now that I don't use names on this blog, at least not without permission), I stood in front of the congregation and spoke a few words, sang Amazing Grace, then we went outside to the stock tank/baptismal. The ambient air temp was warm enough, but the water was cold.
Not too bad, yet...
Yeah, it's cold!

When I stepped into the water and started to sit down, the pastor was trying his best to help me, but it seemed that we were arm wrestling instead, he wanted to hold my hand and arm, I wanted to hold the side of the tank, I knew that tank wouldn't move. The children in the pictures belong to a good friend of ours, they want to be baptized too, it was sweet, they kept asking me questions about being baptized.

After it was over, I went to the bathroom to change into dry clothes, it's not easy peeling wet jeans off, but all in all, everything went pretty smoothly, the weather cooperated, it had been raining all night, we were worried about the condition of the roads, but the morning dawned with full sun and the day was perfect. We didn't hear thunder until well after the service was over.

Once I returned to the congregation, it was time to close the service, Pastor had asked my Dad if he wanted to say something to the congregation, since my Dad used to be a preacher, he jumped at the chance, and wow, I must say that brought back memories, he really enjoyed standing up there, talking to everyone, he prayed, he spoke in tongues, he laughed and cried, I don't know if this church had ever heard anyone speak in tongues before, I'm sure they know about it, but they tend to be a little on the reserved side... I'll find out later what everyone thought, this is a small community and things get around. ;)

Not that I'm really concerned though, I think this church needs a bit of shaking up, I only wish my Dad was here more often, I think he would make a great guest speaker from time to time, and I think the church would love it, I know that Pastor would, I was watching his face while my Dad was speaking, he looked like he was about to burst at the seams, in a good way of course. :)

So now, I feel that I am completely right with the Lord, though I never felt like it was compulsory to be baptized, but still, I knew that some day I would be standing in front of God and would have to answer as to why I hadn't done it when I had the chance many times.

Here is the video of after the baptism, I found the most beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace sung by LeAnn Rimes, I included it in the video.


Sorry, had to temporarily remove the video, it will be back later. :)

Here are some different versions of Amazing Grace, enjoy
Leann Rimes - Amazing Grace .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Terry Downs - Amazing Grace .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Sissel Kyrkjeb� - Amazing Grace .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine


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6 comments:

  1. Congratulations!My husband and I were baptized together about 2 months ago.We had both been baptized as children,but wanted to rededicate our lives to God:)It has been wonderful(for the most part,life ya know,lol)ever since!

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  2. How wonderful...A Stock Tank Babtism! Well pray for us sinners!

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  3. I have happy tears in my eyes ... and down my cheeks ... dadgummit, Wretha!

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  4. You did good, my friend! So glad that your Dad could be there!

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  5. Congrats sis!!! Just like dad, I have waited for this for many years. I have been baptized twice. The first time I was when I was 10 or 11 yrs old, along with our baby brother and another person. We ended up at the wrong church and the baptismal was cold and full of crickets. Talk about faith lol. The second time was at a church that is no longer there called "The Slab" in Ft. Worth. My daughter got baptized and I decided to renew my baptism...and it was in a stock tank too. Now we have something else in common. I am soooo happy for you. Miss ya.

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