Several years ago, Pastor Rick Stacy baptized a man in Lake Superior. It was late October and about 9:00 PM. Rick had been talking with Myron and his wife about accepting the Lord as their personal savior and sealing that decision with baptism into Jesus. Myron was hesitant for a long time and then finally said, “Yes, I want to accept Jesus—and I want to be baptized tonight, right now, in Lake Superior.”
In case you don’t know, Lake Superior is cold. The average temperature year round is about 38 degrees. This was late October and the gales of November (remember the Edmund Fitzgerald?) had come early. The waves were running three feet high. The water was very cold. They were going to walk out waist deep into the water, but only made it about knee-deep. Rick laid Myron down, and the waves washed over him as he was baptized in the name of Jesus.
When they went back to Myron’s home for some hot cocoa and a hot soak for their cold feet, Rick asked him why it was so important that he do this that night in Lake Superior. His answer: “I was in the army, an officer in the infantry during Viet Nam. I saw and did things that no man should see or do. I wanted my sins buried in the deepest and coldest place…”
Contributed by: Rick Stacy