So help me LORD,
I wish to do you Justice in the telling.
Will you please lead my keystrokes
So I might do Just that?
FIRST, My Testimony of the Spirit –
My name is Kailey Ann, and I am Saved.
I am Saved by the Spirit of Jesus,
Who over the course of Three Key Events1.) 2.) 3.)
Made me just as I am.
At age Eleven I ‘Prayed the Prayer’ toward the end of one Sunday Evening Message,
Holding a hardback copy of Order of the Phoenix on my lap.
I said to the LORD, “Please come into my life and make me more like you,”
But I didn’t look up when Pastor Eddy asked me to –
I was afraid – even though I thought I prayed the prayer right,
I didn’t wanna admit how many times I’d prayed it already in my life –
Always wondering whether it counted if
I doubted right away
Or if I kept asking for Proof.
I was Baptized in 2006 right after my little sister –
We got dunked in the Name of the FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT by Pastor Marion,
Who’d performed my parents’ wedding ceremony that very same school year.
I was wearing a maroon gown which could’of fit three of me,
And a silver cross necklace my Mom put around my neck that morning,
And my hair was in a ponytail because it always was –
I tried not to feel shame about the fact that I was older,
And my little sister was getting dunked first –
My parents said being Baptized was my choice,
And I’d said, “If she’s ready, I am!”
Because I Twelve and not ‘Out’
And I could not bear the secrecy
Of seeming Unsure whether I was Saved
In July of 2008, It Happened:
I spent the summer saving money so I could go to Supercamperific,
And my Mom spotted me half the funding I needed to go because
She loves me, and Thirteen isn’t old enough to make minimum wage.
At the tail-end of Pastor Terry’s first Evening Message, he explained:
“Salvation is a Gift: All you have to do is take it.”
And then, Out of Nowhere –
Terry Foster called My Name:
“Kailey, would you come up here for a minute?”
The Camp Nawakwa amphitheater
At McCormick’s Creek was abuzz –
I stood in front a great sum of campers,
Joined my church camp pastor center-stage,
And he held out his hand:
And I saw –
In his upturned palm:
A face – Sakakawea smiling:
Her eyes flashed:
And Terry said to Me so All could hear:
“It’s a Gift: All you have to do is take it.”
So I did * I have this token of Wisdom with me always, wherever I go.
———–END (Part 1 of 7)———–
SECOND, My Authority to Write on Behalf of the Spirit –
———–(Soon To Follow)———–