Baptism - November 2008

Moira Rabone's Story...

I would like to say thank you to my family and friends for being here today and to everyone at Burlington for their love and support.
I have always believed in God, having grown up going to Church and Sunday School and joining in with church activities. As a teenager I learnt more about what it meant to be a Christian and live by faith in God. I attended confirmation classes and was confirmed at the age of 16.
I realised at that time that I was a sinner and that God sent his son Jesus, who died for me, so that I could be forgiven and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.   Looking back I know that my confirmation was a very special time in my life.
Since then I have learnt to trust God more and more and I know he is always there for me, even though I let him down so often.
Through all the ups and downs of life I have the assurance that God is in complete control and I can rely on his faithfulness. This I have found to be especially true as I have suffered with ill health since a family holiday last summer in the Algarve.   Whilst there I had food poisoning which has now resulted in arthritis in both knee joints. Since that time I have grown greatly in my faith and the Lord has taught me so much about trusting him.
Towards the end of last year I was invited to do the Redeeming Eve course and found it to be really helpful and a great blessing.   Before this I was lacking in confidence and this was compounded by illness.
I used to think that I didn't need to be baptised because my confirmation was a special moment for me and I didn't want to take anything away from that, but the Lord had other plans. I know that throughout this journey God has been at work in my life and has been bringing me to this point where I stand here today to be baptised as an act of obedience to the teaching in the bible that says believe and be baptised and to show my commitment to God.
The song that I have chosen for my baptism today is "In Christ alone". For me the first verse says it all; In Christ my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song, this cornerstone, this solid ground firm through the fiercest drought and storm, what heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease, my comforter, my all in all here in the love of Christ I stand.