The Blessing of Baptism
Today was the second most significant day of my life. The most significant day was the day I surrendered my life to GOD, accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and received the gift of the Holy Spirit!!!!! Today was a Baptismal Service at CHCC. We had two homeless youth and seven ex-offenders baptized today.
What Pastor Shane said next took me totally by surprise. He said, “Skip, you help Tyler baptize them.” I didn’t know what to say. Shane, seeing my shock, said, “You brought them, you baptize them.” As I look back on that moment, Shane said it in a way, as if he knew the impact it would have on me.
I prayed to GOD, asking for the inspiration and strength to glorify his name in this sacred sacrament. I had no change of clothes, so when the time came, I went to the stage, took off my shoes and socks and climbed into the tub, clothes and all.
Tyler and Amaya followed me. Tyler said a prayer and introduced Amaya, who then gave her testimony. She was nervous, so I held her tight, to give her support. When she finished, we baptized her. She arose from the water to a standing ovation!! We gave each other a long, tearful hug, and then the procession began as each of the Refuge ministry members took their turn. At times it was a challenge, as some of the men from ACTC weighed well over 250 pounds!!! As each one was raised from the water, they were greeted by a loud ovation from the crowd.
Each time they turned and hugged me, and thanked me for bringing them to Christ.
After the service, we all gathered together and I tearfully told them how honored and touched I was to baptize them. I was overwhelmed with the Holy Spirit and felt so blessed to be part of GOD’s ministry, a part of GOD’s plan, a tool GOD used to inspire these men and women to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. GOD IS GOOD!!!!!!!!!!