On an otherwise mundane Monday afternoon, August 6, the waters of Holy Baptism were poured out over our newest member, octogenarian Judy Lehr. In January 2018, her doctor’s diagnosis of AFib gave her an uncertain amount of time on this earth. What began with bouts of chest pain, dizziness, and ringing in the ears began to intensify and become more frequent. By the time she was hospitalized in January, her doctor told her that she was too fragile for a valve replacement, her treatments of dialysis wouldn’t work anymore, and that she had one week, one month, or six months to live. When faced with such devastating news, Judy did what a lot of people do, she turned to prayer. She is on multiple prayer lists through family and friends, and she believes that is the reason she is now four weeks past her “expiration date.”
Judy was unsure whether or not she had been baptized, and she wanted the certain faith of knowing that she is a baptized child of God. God worked through her friend, Patti Russell, to find certainty and close the door on the open question. Judy knows that God has been working in her life. Since her diagnosis, she has only had three or four mild episodes of pain and dizziness. She is comforted by the knowledge that only God knows the date and time when He will bring her home, and she is confident that she will be in His presence when she does depart this earth. What a wonderful gift we have in the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!