Philip and I had the joy of seeing our youngest daughter, Rowan, baptised yesterday. Our little chapel was packed and we all celebrated together with a shared lunch followed by the baptism service and tea. Philip and I are so privileged that all four of our daughters and their husbands (the two that have them) love our God and have been baptised to demonstrate that. God has richly blessed us!
My whole life, I have been surrounded by Christians. I have always gone to church and believed that God is real and he created us and died for us. For many years, I would pray “Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive me for my sins, Amen.” But, I felt no change. This is because I didn’t really believe it. I was just doing what I was told to do; what I thought I was supposed to do. For ages I continued like this, vaguely frustrated, but not really that bothered. I don’t think the reality of the situation had really hit me.
Then, the day before Church Camp 2012, Joe Hart was preaching. I can’t really remember the sermon; it was something to do with Jesus, the Lamb of God, coming to die for us: for me. That evening, I realised just how much Jesus has done for me, and how much I need him. I begged him for the forgiveness of all my sins and asked him to change me, to make me like him. In that moment, I felt so much joy and happiness: it was incredible.
From that moment onwards, I have been a Christian. It was the best decision I have ever made. Without Jesus, I don’t know how I would have survived the last few years. He gives me strength, comfort, love and hope. He is always here for me and, through everything I know I can always trust him.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”