The God Of Our Fathers

by Maria Murray As most people in the Soviet Union, my family was openly atheist. God was just never mentioned, although the family was loving and hard-working. When I was 6 years old however, my mother one day had a sudden urge to have me baptized, which she could not explain, especially since she herself had never been baptized. She was eventually able to do this despite hostile threats from her parents and risking my father's career. I was brought to a very remote country church and my parents were not allowed inside. I recall being terrified and crying not understanding why these people were putting me in the tub and pouring cold … [Read more...]