Now I want to tell y’all about Landon’s baptism but I really don’t want to sound preachy. Forgive me if I do… It’s hard to talk about faith sometimes for me. I feel a little fake since we aren’t church regulars and I’m still working on my faith. Anyway… here’s the story…
Bug was baptized a couple of weeks ago down in our hometown of Alexandria, VA. We ultimately made the decision to head back there because of the strong connection we still feel to Christ Church and there was something profound about returning to our roots for such a special day. We met at Christ Church in youth group when we were 12 and still keep in touch with the amazing head of the church, Pierce Klemmt. I could truly go on and on about Pierce. WHAT an incredible human being he is and his gift of words. To keep this posting somewhat brief though, I’ll just share a few things he said to me in an email after Landon was born.
I know it was God’s heart first to break when you discovered the special needs your child will require over time. While grief is never finished, God in Jesus Christ will become very present in reordering your common life together and sending you resources. God’s amazing love does turn concern and pain into a vital energy and commitments that make for the miracles that make life worth living. These gifts will be yours in time. You are uniquely gifted as a couple. Summon these gifts to be powerful witnesses of God’s healing love.
I wept when I read his email. Wept openly and onto my desk. I cry every time I re-read this email. Now I cry for different reasons though. I cry because of the time and energy he took to send me this note. I cry because of the joy I have that we know someone like him and for the understanding he has of what we are capable of as a couple. It’s a nice reminder to hear that we ARE capable. Even though we’ve been doing this for a year, it’s still fresh in many ways.
Back to the baptism though. I had to choose two passages for readings. This seemingly is unheard of and all that crazy pressure to pick the right readings flashed back from our wedding. This would be a MUCH smaller audience, but still. I am not a bible studier. I don’t quote from it or share passages. Maybe I should, but it’s just not in my routine of life. I think I did a great job though, truly. I love every word and hope that Landon will one day read these words and feel inspired and loved.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
(Joshua 1: 5-9)
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I then added a prayer at the end that’s so sweet.
May God grant you always
A sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you
A sheltering angel
So nothing can harm you
Laughter to cheer you
Faithful friends near you
And whenever you pray
Heaven to hear you
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