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My knees knocked, just a little bit.
I sat with my friend on the sidelines, not far from the baptismal tank. She had asked me to baptize her the week before. I was so honored that I forgot to be nervous. But now I was.
Would I remember the words?
Would I remember to bring her up out of the water?
This may seem silly, but this was new to me. In every church I’ve ever attended, pastors baptize people, but in this church those who are to be baptized choose who they want to do the honor. And my friend had chosen me.
As the time came close, she leaned in and whispered, “Don’t drown me.” It was just the right thing to say. We both giggled and my nerves eased, as I realized she was a little nervous too. Baptizing my friend was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever got to do. It was sweet, sweet, sweet. The presence of God was there. When my friend came out of the water, she threw her hands up in the air in celebration and I wanted to dance with joy.
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