I was awaken at 5:15 by our sweet Naomi. I suppose she was eager to get this special day started. For that day she was to be baptized into the covenant.
On my mind at that early hour was Mother's Day 2010 , last year. Oh, how uneasy I was heading to God's house that beautiful spring Sunday. Conflicted because I had much to be grateful for after all, I was a mother 4 times over, but grieving the still baby I had delivered 3 weeks prior. It was the first Mother's Day I experienced with a heavenly baby. How clearly I remember telling myself not to be so upset, to be logical.
Don't let Mother's Day get to you, I told myself... it's just a Hallmark holiday anyway.
I survived that day, even got a few photos of it. When last year's Mother's Day was through, I prayed that the next year, my heart would have some healing and I could testify to God's work in my life.
That was my prayer.
In fact I even wrote about it here.
God, as He promises to do, answered that prayer and I was given the opportunity on Mother's Day to share during the worship service. Speaking honestly about the pain and joy our last year has seen, how God is always good and His blessing is not based on my deserving or perception.
I'm forever grateful for the chance to stand there, with my husband and newborn daughter at my side, and proclaim-- To God Alone be the Glory! Thank you for bringing us this far!!
It was just one of those days where I realized how amazing this life can be. How, through the loss of April, God can use me, how He opened my eyes and heart to so much. How it is only the beginning.
Well, like I mentioned at the start of this post. Mother's Day was also Baptism day for Naomi. I was determined to keep a calm attitude despite my nerves and the chaos of getting everyone out of the house. Unlike any given Sunday, I did NOT want the drive to church to be one of kids fighting, me grumbling under my breath about how Dan waited so long to brush his teeth and surely that is why we were late. Rather, I hoped for smooth and methodical Sunday morning preparation and did my best to facilitate that. You would think I would do this everyday of my life, but no. Chaos generally reigns.
Thankfully, everyone (including myself) was well behaved and we had a joyous time celebrating with family and friends.
Naomi in the baptism dress worn by me, my sis Stacey, Joy, and Juliet
love, love, love the history in that gown!
do you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, accept the promises of God, and affirm the truth of the Christian faith which is proclaimed in the Bible and confessed in this church of Christ?
do you believe that your children, though sinful by nature, are received by God in Christ as members of his covenant, and therefore ought to be baptized?
do you promise, in reliance on the Holy Spirit and with the help of the Christian community, to do all in your power to instruct these children in the Christian faith and to lead them by your example into the life of Christian discipleship?
We do, God helping us.