Today marks 62 years since what I as a child considered the happiest day of my life. And it gets better and better. On May 19, 1955 I was baptized. That day we celebrated Christ’s Ascension to Heaven, and I had the joyous experience of baptism.
My Pastor, Alvar Blomgren, is long gone to be with the Lord. As I remember him, he was a very kind man. His daughter-in-law Gun is one of my best friends. Pastor Blomgren wrote a poem in my autograph book.
Idag har Kerstin blivit döpt
Hon är så glad att Jesus henne köpt
Nu vill hon Jesus alltid följa
På land och över havets bölja
Snart hör vi aftonklockan klämta
Då kommer Jesus att oss alla hämta
Today Kerstin has been baptized
She is happy Jesus bought her with a price
Now she wants to follow Jesus
Over Lands and over Seas
Soon we will hear evening bells ringing
Then Jesus comes to take us home
This short poem, that tells that I was baptized and that I wanted to follow Jesus, shows that even at that time, just nine years of age, I had my heart set on a missionary life. One year later the Lord called me to work for him in children’s ministry. I don’t have words enough to express my gratitude to my Lord and Savior for the privilege of being his servant. I hope he will give me many more years to be at his service here on earth. Then I have eternity to devote to my precious Lord.
I “knew” this, but had forgotten it. Today is Absalom’s birthday, the artist who has worked for my Royal Palm World Mission ministry for over five years. I want to honor him by putting a couple of baptism pictures. They depict Paul when he was baptized, and when he baptized.
How many pictures do you think I have? Do the math! Absalom does 20 pictures a month. Our goal is to illustrate lessons covering the entire Bible. Who finances this? I do! With the work of my brain and my hands. God provides me translation jobs. And I pass on the income. If you have followed my blogs for a few years, you might remember when God provided me with a translation job for a company that paid me one year in advance. That was a miracle of miracles!
No need for a calculator to figure out we have more than 1000 pictures, but since he does them both in color and in b/w that means more than 2000 pictures to share with teachers. I don’t charge anything for them. The pictures are all for free download. Should you want to help with the financial aspect, I’ll send you a million Thank-you’s!
Speaking of miracles! This week, my Math whizz grandson David graduated eighth grade. He was chosen as Salutatorian for his class. This is such a special boy for me, because he came at a time in my life when I had a big hole in my heart. My first-born daughter had been promoted to Glory and I missed her terribly. David filled that hole. Now he has finished his elementary school studies, with all kinds of awards and some trophies. He placed first in Math in the State of Oklahoma. Do I sound like a proud grandmother? I am!
You should have heard his Salutatorian speech. He talked about his career in school, about his plans and aspirations for the future, how he knows he must work hard to succeed, what he wants to be when he retires at age fifty. He wants to live on the beach as a beach bum!
His classmates voted him as the most likely to succeed, together with the girl who was Valedictorian. One thing that impressed me was that one of the boys in the class said that David is the person he most admires, because David is easy to talk to. This boy and David have helped each other, I think. Both of them have issues to overcome with forms of autism.
I cannot just talk about David. My granddaughters Brianna and Sarah also won awards. Sarah has straight A’s for the entire year, except for one B+. I told the kids that they did so good because they got all their intelligence from “mormor” (grandmother in Swedish). I don’t have any left! Well, I think they have left me a little bit.
Forgive me for mixing baptism, birthday and graduation, but they all represent very happy moments. I have had many happy moments after my very happy experience of baptism. Even after the happy moments of getting married, having my girls, and becoming a grandmother, I stand firm on the fact that the day I was baptized was the happiest day of my life. I felt such inexplicable joy that I wished I could be baptized every day!
This will be all. A storm in on the way and I might lose electric power, like it happened last night, when we had a very heavy storm. No tornado warning now, but heavy rains on the way.
Have a very blessed weekend!