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Grandpa had his baptism at the hospital on March 10, 2007 (Saturday) at 1300. We were told that such ceremony is usually not allowed to be held inside the ward but mom got a call from the hospital that the application for holding a baptism is allowed. Besides, 10 attendees are allowed to be present while on normal days, only 2 visitors are allowed per patient at the same time. 

I knew about the baptism only the night before so I called the studio and cancelled three students between noon and 3pm on Saturday. I took a train from Fo Tan to Mongkok then took a taxi. That was 12:52. The taxi driver took a turn and I realized he was trying to go to the front door which is way farther than the back door. In the end, I had to take off in the middle of Nathan Road and ran to the back door and up to the third floor, where my grandpa stays. 

Walking out of the elevator, I saw my grandma. She was escorted by the domestic helper (she has very big eyes). Inside the ward, my two aunts were there already and the chaplain was there as well but my mom and the pastor were not there yet. They arrived like five later and the ceremony began.

It was just a simple one though it still lasted for almost an hour. We sang some songs and read from the Scripture. The pastor asked grandpa several simple questions to confirm his faith then sprinkled water on grandpa’s head trice. It is completed. Grandpa may not have much time left on earth but in heaven, there is no such thing as time in eternity.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind but now I see. 

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.

And Grace, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear

The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares

We have already come.

T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far

And Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me

His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures.

Yes, when this heart and flesh shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease

I shall possess within the veil

A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun.

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we’ve first begun.

一月 2021