This past Sunday I had the privilege of baptizing Candy Bonecorse. This story has been two years in the making. Here it is in her own words:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (22 miles to be exact), there lived a very sad lady in Bensalem. Her daughter had recently died of a drug overdose and she and her husband had taken custody of their grandson, whose father had also died. She prayed and prayed to God, but she never felt any answers.
One day, a good friend of her family invited her to come to the grand opening of a new church. As soon as the lady walked into the building, she felt that this was where she belonged. She felt that God had led her here to help her heal. The lady was greeted by so many people that made her feel like she was part of a family. She met a woman named Michele Finizio who seemed to have a glow about her. The lady could not understand this glow, but then she heard Michele’s husband get up to speak and she saw that he had it to. The more people she met at this church, the more she wanted what they had. Something went off in her head that God had brought her here to bring her to faith in Him, because that is what she saw in the people, faith and love for God. For two years now this lady has been coming to this church. She has read through the New Testament 4 times. She has learned what it means to pray. She has met many incredible people who have been there for her through tough times, have helped her tremendously as she continues to battle physical pain and have always pointed the way to God.
As I’m sure you have guessed by now, this lady is me. I stand before you today as someone whose life has been completely turned upside down. I never thought that I would want to get baptized, but I am different person standing here today, then when I first came two years ago. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I want to give my whole life to him. My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 5:6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”
I am getting baptized today as a sign of my trust in God and desire to acknowledge him in all my ways. Thank you Christ Church family!
What made this baptism even more special was that Candy has severe pain in her legs, hips and abdomen. I knew that it would be excruciating painful for her to get into our baptismal and so I had offered to just pour some water over her head. However, she insisted though in going all the way in. Her faith in Jesus and expression of love to Him was so inspiring.
God is continuing to do awesome things here in South Philly. Praise His name!
Grace and peace,