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Why are you getting baptized? Didn’t you get baptized as a child? You don’t need to do it again!
These were some of the questions and comments I received after telling friends that I planned on getting baptized. I suppose at that moment I realized how personal my relationship with Christ and Christianity was.
I grew up in a traditional Baptist church in Florida, where momma, grandma, and
I was never a particularly bad child where others proclaimed “she needs JESUS!” I was a
I didn’t really really believe in Jesus until graduate school, but I suppose in that environment you will have many many “come to Jesus” moments. How else did I get through graduate school, the first to graduate in my cohort, and losing my grandmother (my g-ma, my last grandparent) a year before my graduation? I also found a wonderful teaching church which became my little family in Athens, GA.
Last year before I moved to DC, I had my hardest season thus far, my fellowship ended, I broke up with a dear friend, and I was lonely. But God had my back and squeezed those lemons (and added sugar) to my lemonade. During that time I learned how to appreciate what I had, the importance of giving back, and how to have faith when it didn’t seem like life was in my favor. I persevered, volunteered, found joy, played with my dog, ran outside, found free events, and cleaned out all my junk in my apartment. Yes, it was scary to be jobless, and no, I did not want to move back home; but I had hope and faith. I know that God put that seed in me to endure and not to let my circumstances define who I was as a person. My old pastor used to say “it’s not all right but it’s alright,” that helped me through this time.
Now today, I make less, pay more, and my fellowship is ending, but I am happy and joyful. I know that I can get through this as I did before. I know that God has a beautiful future for me. The time felt right to me to be baptized as an adult who truly believes.