Within the last 10 years have felt that my spiritual home has been in a Christian church. The past six years have been so heartbreaking after the death of our son, Phillip. I found it extremely difficult to heal from that loss. I kept telling myself that God needed an angel and Phillip was the angel he chose. With my heart and soul shattered, my relationship with God suffered.

After being stationed in Hawaii, we returned home in 2015. We went to a couple different churches but struggled to spiritually and emotionally connect. A couple months ago we discovered Grace. I was in awe with the love and support that radiates from this amazing fellowship here at Grace. Week after week I noticed that my heart began to heal from the loss of our son. As a result of the healing my heart is now feeling, my prayers have been answered. I know now more than ever that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. It is because of his unconditional love I now know this is the path God intended for me to be on.

My husband, Greg, has been my strength and my rock throughout our journey with Jesus. We pray together, read the Bible, and have discussions with what we have read. With the past few years, I thought God gave up on me. Now I know that he has been the footsteps in my sand – carrying me when I thought those footsteps were solely mine. They were His footsteps in the sand carrying me when I couldn’t walk on my own. My walk with Christ at this moment has shown me that He will never abandon me. He died on that cross for me, a sinner. His death resurrected my life, and it is through Him and His sacrifice I am now reborn. My sins are forgiven because of His crucifixion and resurrection.

I want to be baptized now because not only have I grown in my faith but through all my trials and tribulations there is only one person that believed in me and never once gave up on me. My baptism is a sign of repentance and with all the days I have left on this earth, I will walk as a Christian so that others may see through me just how God wants us to live. My heart overflows with Jesus Christ’s love because I know why He died. He died for me, and I am eternally grateful because of His sacrifice. I feel His strength all day, every day. Because of His death on the cross I am forgiven.

— Elizabeth Watlington, Baptized November 2019

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