As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”Acts 8:26-40
This world may seem to be coming unglued, with so much out of balance at the moment. It is unsettling to have restrictions placed on day-to-day life. We want to be back in active community with the people we love, but at the same time we understand the need for caution. Most difficult is the absence of a reasonable time-line, a predictable end date, the opportunity to re-set and get things rolling again.
Yet… despite the frustrations… in the face of overwhelming challenge… regardless of the craziness all around them, young people look to the future and they make a radical decision:
- “I want to follow Jesus.”
- “I choose to be a disciple.”
- “I am yours, Lord, from now on I will walk with you.”
Saturday September 26:
We have a lot of teens at WFPC who are ready to make that kind of commitment – and it can’t wait for “whenever” church gets back to “whatever” normal is supposed to look like. So for two of them, the first step in the “make it public” part of the journey was baptism. And they will not be alone.
We held two short services at WFPC, each with family groups, along with a couple of elders to represent the church body. I grabbed some photographs I believe you will enjoy.
Click the first image, and then let the pictures tell the story. You will see one family coming in, for an 11:00 service at the front left of the sanctuary, and then the family portrait. Later the next family arrives, to be seated at the front right-hand side of the church.
We need more of this!
This story is a beautiful testimony to God’s great love, and it is overflowing with hope and promise. We need more of this, y’all, in our hearts and minds and throughout this torn and broken nation. – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.