I can still visualize today:

(for Susan Daniels)


I can still visualize today:

In the back of the altar of the church, hung a dark-colored curtain

I was always curious what was there behind that thick partition


On one Sunday, after a regular service, the preacher announced

A baptismal service, and I somehow knew my curiosity would then be satisfied

Ceremoniously, the curtain was swung open and a receptacle filled with water appeared


A young man was being led by another church member into the water

He was made stand looking sideway while the preacher was saying something

The preacher placed his right hand on the back of his neck


Then I saw the preacher push the man down wholly into the water

Such a solemn look of the preacher, the young man, other attendants

The whole thing looked like a kids’ play and I had to do my best to suppress my laugh


During some years of my stay in the American culture when I was young

I was too busy memorizing as many English words possible and all that

To take a serious look at things like the ceremonies of the weekly church goers


But decades afterwards now, I find myself taking a second look at those

And beginning to notice something vital in them to human life

The baptism is one of them


In Baptist or Methodist or whatever, baptism should be the most important in one’s life

After being born, it must be done to satisfy the need of being “born again”.

It should be a turning point for one to start a true awakened life


Sad that baptism is performed so casually nowadays as a matter of formality

But some people realize its true meaning, and she is apparently one of them

This is why she could go over her fear of being submerged in the water


My admiration and respect from the depth of my heart to her

For taking such a courageous, brave decision

Give my warmest love to her for me


11 Responses to I can still visualize today:

  1. Wow, this is beautifully well said! Sending you a hug through the ether! Yes–her faith overcoming fear was such a beautiful experience to me–I was so honored to share it with her. I have to reblog this, it speaks to me so strongly!

  2. Wow! This depiction of this beautiful ordinance has touched my heart~ absolutely wonderful in its rich imagery! ~Deb

  3. Beautiful! You capture the wonder at the baptism by immersion so well!

  4. what is …and what isn’t… lovely

  5. clayton paul says:

    In the church I attend, there isn’t a sad nor dry eye in the audience during a baptism. When the minister brings the new soul up from the water, often we applaud and a few may say “Amen!” Some even snap a picture with their cell phones.

    If the angels in heaven rejoice over one being saved, why not those in the church? A great post, thanks for sharing a most important thought.


  6. Meredith says:

    I was baptized when I was 9. Then I decided I would be baptized again at 74. I didn’t experience anything different than when I was younger. I worried about my motives at the earlier time. I shouldn’t have doubted my surrender to God’s plan for my life and his great gift of his son for the absolution of my sin and of eternity spent in heaven.

  7. You have a very sensitive heart, your words are very pleasant. I have had the honour of baptising many people in Uganda in Lake Victoria which is the beginning of the Nile River. Thanks for writing the way you do.

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