I was raised in a Christian household, Mother took me and my siblings to church every Sunday where my maternal grandmother, the town's piano teacher played for church services, grandfather was the church treasurer. My dad didn't always make the services, as he drove a bus for a living, and their schedules didn't always jive with church services. I didn't know it at the time, but discovered later that he was an alcoholic as well as an unbeliever.
I became a Christian when I was 7 years old because of my grandmother’s loving influence. Just looking in her eyes told me I was important and deeply loved. And that is something I did not get from my daddy. She taught me Bible verses and told me that Jesus loved me and would always listen to me when I prayed.
When it was my turn to be baptized, she came over to our house and watched as Mother helped me get ready for church. “I’m so excited,” I told Mother and Grandmother, as I put on my new yellow dress, in preparation for Sunday evening church. Grandmother commented as I returned to the living room.
“Pretty is as pretty does.” I didn’t understand what she meant; I was too focused on what lay ahead. After carefully climbing the steps into the baptismal area that night, my heart raced as I stood, waist deep in the water with Pastor Reynolds. I made the decision to keep my eyes open during the entire experience. And even though my eyes hurt as he lowered my body into the water, I did not flinch because I wanted to show Jesus how excited I was to accept him as my Savior.
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