Today I’m at the Engage XP at First Baptist Church in Universal City, which happens to be the church in which I was baptized. David Lindow, who baptized me, still pastors this congregation.
The church looks different than the last time I was here several years ago. The congregation has grown. It remodelled some of the buildings. The school that I was once a part of now goes all the way through high school. There are different pictures on the walls, the bulletins look different.
But when I opened the church’s door this morning, I was home again.
A thousand sounds and smells rushed to me. I remembered going to preschool here. I remember the first time I heard Pastor David preach. I recalled how Charles leads the music. And walking into the sanctuary, I remembered taking the first step down the aisle to declare my faith in God for the first time publicly. That aisle that seemed so long before taking the first step suddenly became so short after taking the initial step.
Some of the faces have changed here, but the people are the same. Warm. Welcoming. Caring. Family.
What a great day.