Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Grandson Josh Albritton at Auburn Baseball Camp this week

Our grandson Josh Albritton is 16 and hopes to play college baseball. He is attending the Auburn University Elite Baseball Camp this week on the Plains. The campus has changed quite a bit since I walked those trails during 1950-54. I love that place! So many precious memories! Josh is a good left-handed pitcher and can play first base and the outfield, usually right field. He is a good athlete but even more he is a splendid young man with a good head on his shoulders. We delight in seeing him succeed! Josh will be in the 11th grade this fall at Macon East Montgomery Academy and attends Saint James United Methodist Church with us. Grandchildren like Josh make old age so enjoyable!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Exciting Renewal of Baptism Vows

Last Sunday I experienced a truly exciting moment in worship. Klaus and Brigitte Gunzel, and their daughter Katharina, come to the altar to renew their baptismal vows. They had all been baptized earlier. They had entered the Church through the Baptism Door. They had begun their journey with Christ. But like many of us, along the way they felt a deep inward need to renew the vows made when God gave them new life through the water and the Spirit. So, with loving friends surrounding them, and with tears wetting faces and the altar, they knelt to confess their sins and seek a fresh anointing of the Spirit's power. They asked our dear Savior to give them the grace to continue to grow spiritually and to help them witness to others about the transforming power of Jesus Christ. I sprinkled water on their heads to remind them and our church family of the power of the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. God made His Presence known in a powerful way. I renewed my own vows. I am sure many others did also. It was a moment in worship that I shall not soon forget! Glory to God forever and ever!