This morning I awoke to clear blue sky – it was a truly beautiful sight. I knew that today was the day I would be sealing my discipleship of Jesus Christ, and having my sins symbolically washed clean via the sacrament of baptism. I was of course nervous, but engulfing that anxiety was a sense of peace and a trust in God.
When I got to the church, my father was waiting on the steps by the entrance. We embraced and he told me he had had an amazingly smooth journey to London. Praise God! Looking up to the sunshiny sky we shared that famous scripture together: “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24).
My father was baptised as a child. My mother, who passed away in 2003, was an atheist. My parents made the decision that they wouldn’t baptise my sister and I as children; they would let us grow up and decide for ourselves whether or not to become Christians. I respect that decision that my parents made.
The church service today was so wonderful. The worship songs were glorious, the sermon was inspiring, my baptism was beautiful, and the Holy Communion was such a blessing. The scripture that was the focus of the service was this: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for anyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16).
I have a long way to go on my journey to understand the Word of God and to live in the way that Jesus instructed. But I trust in the power of the Holy Spirit to guide me day by day, and little by little, to reveal God’s truth to me. I am anticipating that I may have struggles at times, but my prayer is that I will not stray from Biblical teaching and will continue to be inspired by the Gospel.
Just before my baptism, I read out a prayer to the church that I wrote when I woke up this morning. I would like to share it with you, in the hope that it encourages you and blesses you:
Today, Almighty Father, I give you thanks.
Thank you for the gospel, Lord, which is salvation unto all who believe.
Thank you Lord for restoring my faith in your beloved Son, in whom you are well pleased.
Thank you Lord, that though I am a wretched sinner, your wrath does not burn against me, but instead Lord you have made a way to salvation by the blood of the lamb.
Today Lord I beg you for mercy and ask that you would cleanse me of my sins in the blessed name of Jesus.
Please bless this church Lord and all who are gathered here today in your name.
We love you, Heavenly Father, and may all honour and glory be yours forever and ever.
This is just a short blog post, but in truth, I could write a book about today. So many happy memories to cherish for the rest of my life. In fact, I think this was the best day of my life. Glory to God in Highest Heaven! Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave a comment below.