Jason's mom, my mom, Logan and Adam
I was witness to an amazing moment on Sunday - my mom's baptism. Words can't even express the joy in my heart when she went into the water and declared Jesus as her Lord and savior. In front of over 1000 people, my mom was baptized by my husband and my nephew. The applause was thunderous and the tears were overflowing.
My mom grew up in the Pentecostal faith until a few years ago when she started attending The Crossing with me. The Crossing is a non-denominational church with many campuses. Mom was baptized when she was five years old but made the decision to be baptized again as an adult. I'm not one to push or debate religious or church politics, but it's our church's belief that a person should be of their own mind and decision to be baptized. In other words, a person should be able to make their own choice when they are ready with maturity and/or age. (Like I said, I'm not debating church politics. I'm just explaining why she decided to be baptized again as an adult.)
Raising her arm, praising Jesus
What made mom's baptism even more amazing was the story behind it. As you may or may not know, my mom has been battling cancer. She's been in and out of the hospital several times and, at one point, we were sure she was going to be knocking at Heaven's gate. It's been over a month since she's been in the hospital and she's doing fairly well now, but she's still very weak and keeps losing weight. For her to make it in the baptismal was a feat in itself.
But she was determined to be baptized and, by golly, that's what she did!
As you can see, I'm a hot mess. I went through a ton of Kleenex. The gal on my left is my sister, who also bawled.
Afterwards a group of nine of us went for a celebratory luncheon at Best Buffet, a buffet style restaurant of Chinese food mixed with other culinary fare.
Mom with my nephew, Ozzy
My mother, who hasn't eaten enough to feed a bird in the last few months, ate like it was her Last Supper!
Watching my mother get baptized was one of the most beautiful events I've ever witnessed. It's a day that will be etched in my memory bank forever.