Strasbourg Alliance Church held their service at the Bible Camp this week. We brought our lawn chairs and chose a spot. Settling in I was thankful for the water bottle Ky had bought me, it was already obvious that it was going to be a hot day. Although wearing dark jeans and a t-shirt usually works for me most of the time, it isn’t ideal when you can’t easily move into the shade. Within seconds of sitting down I was too hot, and my attitude began to turn sour. Sitting there I said a quick prayer, “God please let this be over quickly.”
Then the preacher began to pray. I bowed my head and closed my eyes. As he spoke I let his words echo in my heart. I can’t remember exactly what his prayer was, but it struck me as being genuinely beautiful. The sun was warm on my face. The wisps of hair that refuse to stay tucked into my ponytail or behind my ears tickled my face and neck. The whisper of water against the shore not fifty feet away drained the anxiety away from my mind. When the preacher said amen I opened my eyes to look up and see that clouds had hidden the sun’s harsh light, offering just enough relief from its heat that we could enjoy the rest of the service.
At that moment I knew God had responded to my prayer, “No I will not let it be over quickly, but you can let me change your heart and I will be here with you.” And he was with us. The songs were few but authentic as we lifted our voices in praise. The message was well delivered and provided some great lessons. Finally, following the service the baptism of twelve people provided even more evidence of God’s presence. Not only were the seven baptized that had been planned, but an additional five. It was an amazing morning, and I am grateful that we have the privilege to approach our God so intimately, and worship Him so freely.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19
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p.s. Sorry this post is two days late! There’s just so much to do in Strasbourg that I can’t keep up writing about it.