I know today is Father's Day, but that isn't the main thought on my mind. Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful for my Dad, Dad-in-law, and my stepdad; I am truly blessed. I'm also grateful for the great husband I've been blessed with because he is a wonderful, fun, and loving father to our kids. I knew he would be! :-)
But, I am still reveling in the stories I heard this morning at the baptism service at church. There is no doubt that God is at work, and I stood in awe of the nineteen people who were willing to share their testimonies and be baptized at our outdoor service. Now if you know me, you know that I ALWAYS cry during the baptisms, and today was no exception. I was able to be "up close and personal" with each person today as I was needed to hold the microphone so we could hear their testimonies (this was so no one would get electrocuted! :). I was able to lay my hand on them as Dave prayed over them; I was able to see their faces as they came up out of the water; I was able to pat or hug them in celebration. There were those who accepted Christ as children in Sunday School, or at home with their parents. There were those who were saved from a life of addiction. There were those who accepted Christ as an adult when they finally learned that their way wasn't working for them.
God is in the business of changing lives, redeeming lost and confused souls, imparting worth on people who feel like they are not "enough." I know because that is what He did for me, and I am excited to see what God's got in store for us as a church. This is only the beginning! Remember, SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN!