I delivered this testimony to my new church family at Kirkwood United Church of Christ just before my baptism on Sunday, February 5, 2012 under the care of Rev. Susannah Davis.
Well my friends, I’m overjoyed to say that today I will be able to join with you at every future baptism Sunday in remembering today, the day that I knelt before you all and before God to acknowledge the truth that I too was brought into as a baby. A truth that has carried me through my life’s greatest joys and greatest depressions. A truth about God’s love for me and my spirit – which is as cleansing and forgiving as the fresh water you all will pour out for me in the moment I publicly affirm and acknowledge the truth of God’s love in my life.
Because I have felt the Love of God touch my life. I have felt God’s presence envelop me in powerful and subtle ways. And most of all I have yearned for a tradition and a community that would not only celebrate those moments with me, but also invite me into more of them – challenge me to go deeper in a relationship with God and help me to build a life worth living, brick by brick, with intentionality.
So here I am before you, not a baby but a woman who has already been traveling on this road of life for many years. Like you I have burdens and blessings, heavy loads and thick calluses. But I’m tired of pretending that I have all the answers, that these burdens are mine to carry alone. And I’m ready to acknowledge that God’s love is what has gotten me to this point – and what will lead me forward. And above all I rejoice in today. I rejoice in the life that God has given me and cannot wait to spend the rest of my life remembering this feeling, this sweet surrender, remembering it each time we gather to baptize another beautiful little baby in our congregation.