What are the special moments in your Christian life? Your welcome into church membership? Your baptism? The first time you read a lesson in church and especially if you got through it without stumbling over the words? Your realising over time more of just what agonies our Lord went through for you?
|Reading the Lesson|
|Baptism of Jesus by John|
My special moments include my full immersion baptism as I was a member of a Baptist church for a long time. The water was cold incidentally and our minister at the time came down with a nasty chill shortly afterwards. There were, I think, three of us being “done” at the time. Happy memories for us, less so for our then minister perhaps! Then there was the new NIV Bible my parents gave me, which is now looking rather worn, and the more recent one given to me by my son. There is a real sense of the generations here.
|This pool is similar to the one in which I was baptised.|
A verse that has been on my mind for the last few days, and one we usually only hear about as part of the forthcoming Nativity story, is that “Mary treasured all of these things in her heart”. If anything conjures up an image of a mother, that is it for me. I also think of her at Easter time when the prophecy “a sword will pierce your own soul too” did come true. She must have had that reverberating around her mind as she saw her son on the cross.
|Mary treasured these things in her heart - joyous memories and agonising ones.|
|Joy expressed in flowers. Image taken by Allison Symes.|
|My (and now my son's!) church at Braishfield in Hampshire. Image taken by Allison Symes.|
The great thing then is your special moments can be a real joy to others. So can theirs to you.