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Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)
TITLE: Out Into A New Eternity
By Rachel Barclay
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My Donald Duck t-shirt hung limply over my bathers. It was the only t-shirt I had with any white on it. That wasn’t on my mind at this moment. I was moving into the most important event in my life.
The tepid water was swaying around my waist as Pastor John stood next to me. I faced him, concentrating on the irreversible importance of what was about to happen. There was no way I was going to look at the rows and rows of people and be distracted by nerves. Nothing was going to ruin this on me.
Not even my mother sitting on the end of the front pew clicking away with a camera that had flat batteries. I’d told her to leave it. I pushed it out of my mind.
‘Rachel, do you believe in Jesus and trust in his forgiveness through his death and resurrection?’
‘Yes!’ I answer with strong conviction.
‘Do you promise to follow Jesus the whole your life until you are raised to new life with him?’
The church is filled with laughter at the enthusiasm in my voice.
Pastor John instructed me to cross my arms over my chest. He placed his hands on my arm and back and began to lower me back into the water.
His strong voice through the water echoed within me, ‘Rachel, I baptise you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.’
The brief moment I lay horizontal at the bottom of the baptism bath I sensed my old sinful self falling out of me as I was buried in the death of Jesus.
I was quickly raised to the surface and sensed being flooded with peace, joy and love of the resurrected Son. I felt sinless, totally cleansed.
When Pastor John finished praying I walked up those steps, out of the cleansing water of baptism to the singing of the whole congregation, ‘All to Jesus, I surrender…’
Never would I turn my back on my Lord again. I stepped out into a new eternity.
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