On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10:25-28
Happy Baptism Day! Today you were baptized and welcomed into the church as a child of God. Your Daddy and I made a promise to God in front of our family and friends to raise you in a way so that you know Jesus and come to accept Him into your heart as you grow. Just like we have for Rachel since she was baptized (and even before that, really), your Daddy and I take our role as your parents very seriously. We will do our best to honor Him by raising you to be filled with love, knowledge and understanding of our God and His teachings. I hope that one day you will read the scripture verse I have posted above, and know that you are loved and claimed as a child of God. If you love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, everything else will fall into place. Love, my sweet babe, is the answer to so many of our questions. And as I wrote in my previous letter to you, when we choose to love, we can also gain a fresh perspective on the world.
All in all, little guy, we had a beautiful day celebrating with family and friends and welcoming you into your new life as a child of God. I am blessed to have you be apart of my life journey, and I am beyond blessed to be apart of yours. You are so very special to us all.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body-whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:13
God loves you, and I do too. Always.