Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Selah

one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 
Eph. 4:5 
 It was just a beautiful evening.

Sixty-three people were baptized tonight in our church family.

Three of them live at my house.

5 and 6 of 8 were baptized by their daddy. They had each made the decision to follow Christ several weeks ago and were so excited when they found out we had a baptism service upcoming. Mike baptized each of them and for these two, who are such buddies amongst the siblings, it was just beautiful to see them share this experience.

2 of 8 was also baptized. She was baptized several years ago and has always loved the memory of that event. And in growing more and more in the Lord and in seeking Him even more closely, particularly over the last few months, she decided that she would like for her daddy to baptize her again as a marker of her continued commitment. And so Mike was honored to baptize her again.

It's a beautiful, holy mysterious thing, to see people lined up, walking down into the water, coming up changed, renewed, committed, excited, weepy, grinning, joyful, contemplative. It's such a simple thing and yet so layered.
And I'm just joyful. Joyful for the community of believers we celebrate with. Joyful that more of our children have made a decision of faith. Joyful that a command expressed two thousand years ago still is powerful and transformational and so meaningful today.

Selah.

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