Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A rainy baptism

On Sunday, Katie and I drove up to Washington to see my sister, Liz, get baptized. Baptism is an important moment in the journey of following Jesus, and we wanted to be present for that moment with my sister. My sister has actually experienced baptism by immersion before, so this was her second dunking. Many people who were baptized as infants choose to undergo a second baptism as a public statement of faith. But for Liz, who was first baptized when she was in elementary school, this was a moment of humility and repentance. After living a lifestyle that was far from following Jesus, she has turned around and embraced Him. It seems that she wants to make it clear to the people in the OSBC church community that she is truly following Jesus now, and asks for them to hold her to that commitment.

Liz's baptism happened amidst many other baptisms at OSBC's annual summer church bbq and baptism they have every August. Typically, this event experiences rain almost every year. This year was no exception. It poured for almost the entire baptism. My pictures of Liz getting baptized by Pastor Tim--my friend and youth pastor from my adolescence--are a little dark. I'm not much of a photographer, and clouds and rain make for overcast pictures.




Baptism is a very strange and beautiful event. To an outsider, it must look very silly seeing people gathering around a lake in the rain, watching pastors push people underwater. But Jesus was baptized, and calls His followers to do the same as a step of faith. I'm excited that my sister has taken this step of faith, and pray that she continues to follow Jesus with her life.

1 comment:

  1. Reading back through this to refresh my memory of that very special day....I realized you have something horribly wrong stated here.

    "Many people who were baptized as infants choose to undergo a second baptism as a public statement of faith. But for Liz, who was first baptized when she was in elementary school, this was a moment of humility and repentance. After living a lifestyle that was far from following Jesus, she has turned around and embraced Him."

    The last bit...I did turn around, but the milla-second I faced Him, He embraced me.

    That thought, sends an ear to ear smile on my face and in my heart!

    I'm so glad I'm in His hands and not my own.

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