Of Wedding Rings and Baptistries

Therefore go and make disciplies of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

Tentative feet touch the water, he looks up for approval.  The sea of eyes fixed on him and his descent to crystal blue water causes him to turn his eyes to the water.  His cheeks burn bright, knowing that those eyes are watching him as he follows through in believer’s baptism.

Pastor speaks of wedding rings and symbolism. How a wedding ring doesn’t make you married but it does declare to the world you are spoken for. Of commitment and public declaration.

Youth pastor talks of courage required to touch feet to this water…this holy act of obedience.

And this boy, taller than he was yesterday in a voice deeper than it was yesterday, answers a resounding “yes” when asked if he has received Jesus as his personal Savior.

“Then it is my pleasure, Matthew, to baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, buried in baptism and raised to walk in the newness of life.”

He went in to the water my son and emerged my brother in Christ.

Applause erupts from the congregation and his smile is one of relief and joy.

Tucked back on the stage, his mama claps the loudest as her heart nearly bursts with the gratitude it holds.

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  1. Melissa, this is beautiful. Wow. I don’t have a teen/tween yet but as I’m discovering, I love and cherish each stage. I know it will be neat to see them grow in Him.

    Hope you are well, sweet Relevant/writer friend! May your day be blessed!

  2. Thanks Natalie…it was an incredible evening!

  3. Beautiful! Praise the Lord!!!


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