So, I am going to come right out and admit that I thought for a very long time and truly debated about getting my child baptized. I thought for a while that I would wait and let her choose for herself as an older child - especially since as a PK (pastors kid) she wouldn't have a lot of choices when it came to religion until then.
I also fought it because as Presbyterians, a big part of the baptism is a the community aspect - the welcome the child into community and the pledge of the community to help nourish and raise this child. Since her parents aren't actual members of the church but in fact employees, I struggled with if this was right - if this was truly her "Church community."
Although this isn't the same "Church community" as it would be if we were members and not their pastors this is still the community of church people in which she belongs and who adore and love her!
As a Presbyterian, I do so love the sentence in our Book of Order that says that God can work within and through people without them even knowing or without their knowledge. I think this is the very reason why I choose to have her baptized. For through her baptism, I believe, the Holy Spirit was awakened. I believe that the Holy Spirit is within all of us and that it takes the recognition of that by others and later by ourselves for the spirit to be nurtured. Through the holy waters of baptism, we are reminded of the Spirit that flows within us and we acknowledge the essence of the Divine in each of us. "Whatever we do to the least of these, you do to me" for the Spirit dwells within all God's people.
L was so cute on her day. She was dressed pretty, she was happy and ready to speak and let her voice be heard. She was so precious as we standing there answering questions about our faith and agreeing to raise her to be a faithful follower of Christ. But the moment of truth came with the waters of the Baptism and the amazed, quizzical and yet holy look on her face. I say Holy because she got quiet and still and claps her hands together and seemed in that moment a bit changed - like she felt the Holy Spirit running through her empowering her. WOW what a moment.
And so, I am truly happy that we made the decision to have her baptized. For through the waters of her baptism, she is now a child of God and the Holy Spirit has been stirred within her - awakening to do amazing things throughout her life. With God and through God we are able to do amazing things - even when we don't always know or have the understanding.
Glory be to God and the Baptism of all God's people! AMEN!