This Sunday, we will baptize Grant M. It is a colossal act of love on our part--love and faith in God’s promises. But it is no comparison to the love that God shows to him through this baptism. In this rite, we bring into physical reality God’s message for Grant--the same message he tells to Jesus and to all of us: “You are my Son, the Beloved: with you I am well pleased.” Through us, performing this rite, God has placed Grant in a loving community of people ready to walk with him in faith. He will always belong here by right--”today you are marked as Christ’s own forever,” we will say, and that means he will always be ours. We will offer God’s love to Grant. He will grow up with this. Perhaps that will resonate within him at a dark time, a time when he needs to hear that he is loved. And he can always come back here. This place will stand as sanctuary; the people who will be here in that time will welcome him back. He is baptized. He belongs. Under, over, in between whatever Grant does and wherever he goes, we will be there--like a verge for him, perhaps not quite catalogued, controlled or known, but there nevertheless.
Welcome, Grant Olav M!
Weekly Reflections by the Grace Family