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Decisions, Decisions

By Don Loftis | 06.28.17

We experience some important events in our lives, that at the time we do not fully appreciate.  My wedding day,  43 1/2 years ago, was a great event.  I looked forward to it and helped plan some of the details.  However, at 21 I did not fully understand marriage — its joys or its challenges.  I did not understand how fully it was going to change my life.  There was no way to understand that my love for Pam was going to multiply through the years.

 

Watching Sunday’s baptisms (three in person and one on video) reminded me of another important day in my life — my baptism into Christ on April 28, 1964.  I doubt I knew much about redemption, justification, or sanctification.  What I did know was that my sins were gone, my fears removed, and Jesus was pleased by my choice.  This choice set the course for a lifetime’s journey, that is still underway.

 

For Robin, Chloe, Natalie, and Chase, Sunday was the day they made a choice to follow Jesus and to obey the Scripture’s simple command to “repent and be baptized for the remission of your sins.”  As the familiar words to “Amazing Grace” say, “I once was lost, but now I’m found.  I was blind, but now I see.”  I hope their choice will lead them to a lifetime of deepening understanding and unselfish discipleship.  It is a beginning, not an end.

 

Whatever it was to others, Sunday was a day of rejoicing in heaven and a warm memory for many of us.  May those memories call us to a deep faithfulness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 


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