A spiritual journey

A former Methodist lay minister tells the story of her "divine calling" and where it eventually led her.

I Wasn't Raised in a Christian home. My parents did not go to church. However, as a child I did attend different Sunday Schools with other neighborhood girls. Then, when I was about 13, my beloved grandmother died. I was absolutely shocked—my whole world was changed, never to be the same. Could the God I had been learning about allow someone so loved, and who so loved me, simply to be no more? These questions, and others about the meaning of life, preoccupied me at a profound level. But, I had no one with whom I could talk about them.

At 16, I was attending a Baptist church. Two important things happened there. The first was that I wanted to express my deep love for Jesus openly, and so I underwent baptism by total immersion in a large pool, or baptistery. While in the water waiting for the minister to immerse me, I told God that I needed to feel His presence with me, because I knew I could never sustain the Christian life without His help and guidance. As I came out of the baptistery, I was filled with an unspeakable joy. I later understood this profound feeling of my unity with God to be spiritual baptism.

Peacebuilding in Bosnia
September 23, 2002

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