Thursday, November 8, 2007

Psalm 51 weekend

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. (Ps. 51:2) Purify me from my sins and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (Ps. 51:7)

This past weekend I had the honor to watch what is for me one of the most touching events one could ever witness. My younger sister Jessy was baptized. As follower's of Christ we believe that the act of baptism is a proclamation of your faith to others. But more than that, it's a literal way for our minds to comprehend that when we are repentant in our hearts and ask for forgiveness from God that he washes away our sin. We are made clean by the living water. No longer are we to carry our sins strapped to our back. We are free to hand them over to the one who died for them.

Our God is so good.

This picture says it all. If you take the time to click on it and make it larger, you can see the expression on Jessy's face expresses what's in her heart at that very instant: Utter joy. Freedom. The beginning of a new life. The shackles and chains have been stripped away. Love without bounds. The very essence of Jesus Christ.

The angels rejoice with you Jessy, and so do I.


Maria. said...

I am always amazed at how choked up I get watching someone get baptized, even if I don't know them. Congratulations Jessy!!!

Anonymous said...

If only I were able to articulate my words on paper as elegantly as my sister... thank you for your beautiful words about my experience with Christ and His unfailing of grace.
I love you Jamie!!
~Jessy :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome weekend, thank God above for the opportunity to share the experience as our family! Missing those that couldn't be there, yet always in our hearts, Love to all! Mom

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there. I'm so thankful. Love you and yours.