Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ragan's baptism

Right before we left St. Louis - as in 2 days before we left - we had Ragan baptized in our church. One of the difficult things about living so far away from family is not being able to share special events like this one.

As Presbyterians we believe in 2 sacraments: baptism and communion. Baptism has quickly become my favorite and I tear up whenever I see an infant welcomed into our Christian family. 

Simon saw some older kids get baptized months ago and has been fascinated with baptism since. He kept repeating, "Ragan baptize, water on head." 

We believe in infant baptism - not just dedication because it represents how the Lord's grace is a gift to us and we can't do anything to earn it - it is given to us freely. A baby isn't capable of accepting God's grace or doing anything to earn God's favor. Ragan isn't even 4 months old here and is yet to understand God's free grace.

While baptism doesn't save Ragan {or Simon} - we believe that they will receive the benefits of being baptized into the covenant family. It also signifies God's promise to His people. 

Acts 2:39
“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

We were asked these question before Ragan was baptized:
1. Do you acknowledge your child’s need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit? 
2. Do you claim God’s covenant promises in (his) behalf, and do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for (his) salvation, 
as you do for your own? 
3. Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will 
endeavor to set before (him) a godly example, that you will pray with and for (him), that you will teach (him) the 
doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring (him) up in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord?
Of course we said we do. Witnessing other children's baptisms are good reminders of the promises we made.

Fun Facts:
      Ragan is wearing the exact dress I wore when I was baptized as a baby.

      After going to church we went to eat lunch at a little local restaurant. I stayed in the car to nurse Ragan while my mom and Tom went inside to order. Well....I locked my keys in the car - something I've done too often lately. I thought that the only spare key I had was in a packed box which was already packed on our moving truck. Thankfully Tom had a spare key to my car - which was locked in the house. And thankfully I over planned for when Ragan was born and had about 70 keys made - and thankfully I'd hidden one under the doormat. 

2 comments:

  1. We will pray for Ragan as she continues to grow to know God's love. I love the throw back of Amanda and Monty (and you)!! Can't wait to see your new place in NC!!!!!

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  2. P.S. I see Agnes got thrown out of the top reel photos...Tell her I love her!

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