Birthday and Baptism - Roman style

I've been scarce in blog world lately so I'm going to rewind the VHS tape of life for a minute and pick up where I left off, and what I've missed.

I appreciate all of you cyber friends and loyal lurkers who follow along on our wacky little journey here, so don't think I've forgotten you.

My biggest boy had a two special days in the last month or so.  The first one was his baptism.

A few posts ago we spent a weekend camping with our church family.  It was such a great time.
A highlight was an afternoon of baptisms of new believers.  One of those baptisms was my son.

He's been asking to be baptised and jumped at the chance this summer.  While I am cautious of children being baptised too young or being coerced in anyway, I am also cautious of discouraging or hindering children who have a good grasp of the gospel, who love and follow Jesus, and who know what the purpose of Baptism is.  The act of baptism has no actual power to save or "seal the deal" in any way, only perseverance in faith, and continued growth, will be the proof of regeneration in my child.  So right now I take his faith, repentance and belief at face value, and will not discourage him from taking that step of obedience to Jesus.

Being reminded of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf is always a good thing.  

Seeing it pictured in the baptism of new followers of Jesus is also a great reminder that He is still drawing people to Himself.  

 By the act of being baptised (immersed in water) we are picturing that the death of Jesus and His resurrection was for us.
In being baptised, we are publicly proclaiming three things:
1. To God: Thank You for saving me!  I belong to You.
2. To Believers: Celebrate with me! Jesus has saved me!  Remember when He saved you?  Encourage me, help me and keep me accountable to following Jesus.
3. To Unbelievers: I want you to know the Jesus that I know.  If you see  anything good in my life, that’s jesus.  He wants you to know Him, as well.
Below you can experience a few excerpts from the day and our camping trip, captured on video:  

I really do love my church.   Like I've said before, the Church is not a place, an institution, or a Sunday morning event...the Church is the people.  I really love these people. 
A group of people on mission together, loving God and loving others.  A group made up of all different races, ethnic origins, age demographics, political persuasions, and backgrounds with one overwhelming uniting factor that makes us community and family...

This boy loves sand and water....almost as much as he likes to snuggle. 

Silas and his buddies "baptising" each other. 

A slightly unorthodox post dunking dunk.

The next special day was the day that my fluffy haired, blue eyed, freckle faced little boy was born.
10 years ago!
A whole decade. 

We celebrated by going swimming at a neighbours back yard pool. 

Auntie Brook with her big water babies.  We've been enjoying our summer time household  of 9.  
My sister in law Brook and her son are spending their 4th summer with us!  I'm loving having an extra set of Mama hands around the house, and someone to laugh and visit with all day.  

Elijah learning to swim Burlando style. 

Then we partied with hamburgers, pineapple upside-down cakes, and camouflage cups.

...and minion pinata 

It was also my mom's birthday so we had a joint party...which means TWO cakes.

Then came the 10 year old boy gifts.

Congratulations on 10 years of life Roman!!

I sure do love this boy.

Soli Deo Gloria, 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Matthew 19:14
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” All it takes is the faith of a child, pure and simple. :) What an amazing blessing to witness!