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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Baptisms

"When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do? Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call’” (Acts 2:37-39).

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:3-4).

Sunday at Jenny and Weldy’s turned into Roebuck baptism day! Woot!

It was going to be Rhys’ baptism. He decided a few weeks ago that he wanted to be baptized so Janie and Jon planned it on a Sunday afternoon so all the fam could be there.

Then on Sunday morning in “Super Church” (Sunday school), Keira was filled with the Holy Spirit. She said she felt lots of peace right away. She decided she wanted to join Rhys and get baptized too.

One thing led to the other and they all jumped in. The parents talked amongst themselves about what to do since some of them might have been doing it because everyone else was. Discussions were had with the kidlets around why… then we embraced their decisions and believed that in their hearts this is what they wanted.

Jen and Dale came and Philip too. We all gathered in the upstairs bathroom… all of us crammed in. Isaac and Delyth peered over the bathtub the whole time. Wes baptized his four kids, Jon baptized Rhys, and Janie baptized Carys. Before each one, the baptizers asked the kids what choice they had made and why they were getting baptized.

The kids caught on to the celebratory feel and after each one came out of the water, they all jumped up and down and cheered for each other.

It was a beautiful time.  A time to sense the unique gifts they all carry: Rhys' leadership, Aren's strong example, Keira's wonder, Aidan's sincerity, Kindra's excitement, and Carys' joy. 

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” (Matthew 19:14).

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I love this so much, it is so great seeing what God has done in their lives!