Monday, February 9, 2015

Amazing Moment: My Mom's Baptism

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.

8 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Congrats to your mom!

Renee said...

Awesome! I can imagine how good that day was for your heart and hers :)

Linda Moffitt said...

That's so Awesome I'm glad it was a great experience for all of you even if you did cry ;) Hopefully this is the start of your Mom eating better also

mail4rosey said...

I noticed the amount of food too and thought that must be a great sign. Good Gravy, you've got me tearing up over here. What a wonderful happy and monumental event for everyone. Good for her!!

rubynreba said...

Oh, so special! I'm so happy for your Mom and all the family. I remember how emotional i was at my baptism and this made me cry!

Sue Hull said...

God Bless your mom! Seeing her praising Jesus made me cry tears of joy for her and all your family.Now she lookin' pretty good with all that yummy food.I was baptized years ago in my aunt and uncles swimming pool.After that I was filled by the holy spirit when my family was laying hands on me and praying.My cousin said I hit the floor hard but I didn't feel a thing, I just remember opening my eyes feeling like a new child of Christ.Tell your mom I'm a cancer survivor so keep fighting hard.I've seen many many miracles of people being completely healed of cancer.I'm so happy for you Terra and I'm so glad I've got to know you and your family through your blog.You're my kind of good Christian people. God Bless you all :)

alissa apel said...

Congrats to her! I know she was really sick, so it's good she got out to do what she wanted to do.

EricaYouKnow said...

This is so beautiful! Gramma's a bad ass