I started to write this yesterday, and the words just weren’t flowing. I realized as I pondered this past weekend that the problem was that my heart was not in a place of thankfulness. I am doing a devotional AP right now called SheReadsTruth (amazing) and the topic is on being thankful, and it hit me slap in the face what my problem is. As much as I love my babies, my heart has stayed in a place of bitterness instead of thankfulness.
My prayer as I approach Thanksgiving in the coming week is that I come to the throne of Jesus with a thankful heart for my babies. With that said, I would love to share with you about our William’s baptism, because I am SO thankful for the day that we had this past Sunday…
It was a very special day for our little William, because we had the privilege of baptizing him in the name of Jesus Christ. What an honor as his parents to be able to show him at such an early age what we believe, and to vow to raise him in the church and in the knowledge of who Christ is. We believe that baptism is a symbol of Christ’s covenant with his people, but it is not saying that William is a believer himself. Our prayer as his parents is that he never knows a day without Jesus in his life, and we vow to relinquish power and let our King take complete control over our sweet boy.
There were so many special things that happened to make this day complete. We met with our pastor ahead of time and went through what all baptism means to William and to us as his parents, and we spent a lot of time in prayer as we prepared our hearts for this day. Some of our friends here prepared a wonderful lunch for us afterwards, and we were able to continue the celebration throughout the afternoon.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
Now with a baby girl in heaven, there was a lot of emotion as well leading up to this day. We baptized Mary Anna a few hours before she passed, so my heart was so full of sadness too, because it just did not seem fair the difference in the two baptisms. I looked through pictures of our girl on her special day all weekend, and cried a lot wishing things were just different.
My mom smocked the gown that Mary Anna was baptized in, and she smocked a special gown for William to be baptized in as well. It was STUNNING on him, and we will hopefully share this gown with more babies in the future!
And side not here, but little William was quite the doll in front of the church! He did not cry one time, and he just looked around and smiled at everyone. What a charmer he is!
We asked our dear friends to sing, “Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)” during the service, and it brought me to the throne of Jesus. I closed my eyes and pictured Mary Anna in heaven praying with all the angels over her little brother, and I know that it was a momentous day in heaven as it was here on earth as we sprinkled water over William Daniel’s little head.
Also, there was a precious prayer that was said for both of our babies, and we are just overwhelmed with gratefulness at how the church has continued to love us through all of this. God is good.
It was so sweet how the Lord prepared our hearts and ordained all the little details. Finally, the sermon just happened to be on one of the passages that has been special to us since our Mary Anna went to be with Jesus.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We are honored to serve a God who loves our children more than we do and prepares a place for them in His Kingdom. We are thankful that Mary Anna calls the kingdom of heaven home, and we pray that William will call it home one day soon too.
His will is not as much a path as it is a way of walking.
to read about Mary Anna’s baptism: http://keepwalkingmac.com/heaven/