26 Jun

They entered the swimming pool slowly, as if the water would swallow them before they were ready. Their faces permanently etched in smiles, the reality of their decision, the expectation of what it signified. It was a glorious thing, this washing of water in agreement with the declaration of their souls. They were slum dwellers, all eight. They still are, but this residence does not define them. Here they carry water and scrub clothes and live on rice and work too hard for too little pay. But at the same time, sons and daughters of Him Who gives heaven for home and invites the least of these to sit at the head of His banquet table. These who call my Father theirs enter water as I did, wear humanness with hope, and live joy unfaked; these are my family. Common blood born a world apart. This is the mystery of godliness, that invites us in to await a better kingdom together, that gives Americans and Cambodians the same keys to an abundant life. Both of us claiming Jesus. Both of us someday living in the same place permanently.

Yesterday I could have wept at the beauty of dry heads streaming wet, Khmer prayers loud and powerful, triumph stronger felt than the heat of the day. Yesterday the darkness covering this city lifted just enough to hear the celebration of heaven as the poor-born became the rich.

It’s with full heart that I get to be a witness.

Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” -Acts 8:36, 37


5 Responses to “Baptism”

  1. Abby June 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    What an amazing thing to witness… thanks for sharing.

  2. clarita June 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    That must have been so wonderful to witness! I love your reminder of the commonness we share with them…

  3. Kath Smucker June 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Love this, wish I could’ve been there to witness this joyous occasion!!!

  4. father June 27, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    What a marvelous perspective! You have truly absorbed the impact and significance that Heaven beholds. And u are privileged to be a witness.

  5. Jan June 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Wow…so beautiful!

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