*It's August already. And I'm ready to be here again. We just got back from a week long stay in the Outer Banks with some dear friends from out West. Our fourth trip this year to
those beloved Barrier Islands*
Lucy braved those still cold waters by immersion on March 16, 2013.
Instead of gathering body boards, sand buckets and sunscreen we gathered jackets, ties, and one white towel and of course the ones we love and those that love Lucy.
We paused in prayer in our small room at the Surf Side Hotel in Nag's Head before walking down to the ocean's edge. It was overcast with a few sprinkles. And so quiet. Lucy went down with three wonderful men in her life. Her father Craig Alan Mangum, his father Carl David Mangum, and my father Kurt W Knudsen.
It was the most beautiful baptism I've ever attended. No paper program or sweet white cake. No musical number or pictorial montage. Those these things are good, there was an extraordinary simplicity this March morning that left so much room for thought and faith.
Which was perfect for Lucy. It is hard for me to put "how she is" in words. Maybe I'm out of practice.
There is a marvelous quality in Lucy that I envy. She doesn't react to life, she absorbs it.
When I asked her to describe her experience this day she said with a smile, "It was so cold it felt like fire." She was confirmed and given the vital gift of the Holy Ghost minutes later in a church house up the road.
2 Nephi 31:12 He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do."
Luke 3:16 “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:”