David wanted to be baptized so we asked Gary if we could do it before Ethan and Grace went back to college, although sadly Jacob had to miss it because he is at college for football camp. We asked if he could baptize David at our house in the pond and he readily agreed.
Saturday our family spent the day in preparation by having a major house and yard clean up. It was extra-motivating to know we were having our church family to our home and I happily washed all the windows on the main level of the house, inside and out. Rich and the kids did a ton of weeding outside. I scrubbed and polished the kitchen sink, used granite cleaner and polish for the counters, vacuumed, organized, etc. When I was done, the house felt light and fresh.
Sunday morning at church Rich gave the opening prayer, Grace and I sang a duet with Katie playing the piano for us. We sang “Redeemed How I love to Proclaim it.” And then David went up on the platform behind the pulpit and gave his testimony. Rich and I didn’t really know what to expect, and we were thrilled that he did so well. We had smiles on our faces and tears in our eyes. Gary (our pastor) was a little emotional during one part and the video Brittnee took captures a loud sneezing type sound as he blew his nose.
Rich and I left with the kids as soon as the sermon was done and Gary was praying the closing prayer. We drove home and found my sister Amanda with her family, and my brother Isaac with his wife, Cassandra, who is 9 months pregnant with a little girl baby, on the front porch waiting for us to get home. We were so happy they could come and watch David’s baptism. Rich went out to get the pizza we were serving for lunch and Caleb ran down the yard to jump in the pond because as we were leaving that morning, we noticed there was a tire floating in it. Can’t have tires in the pond during such a special day. (kids)
Very soon we had our church family arriving and parking on the lower yard and driveway.
We set up chairs and the sound equipment and settled in for David’s baptism. Amanda sat by me and it was so special to sing together the old familiar hymns.
Katie and her husband led the singing from the dock, and Grace and Sarah joined them, too.
Gary spoke briefly about baptism and the significance of it.
And then he and David waded into the pond. They were both wearing their t-shirts from this years Camp Impact (the Christian camp our church helps run every summer).
I love David’s smile in this photo.
Gary told us later that he used this hold because he was afraid that he would fall over into the pond as he baptized Dave. I’m sure every pastor has a few baptism stories to tell. When he saw the photo he was trying to politely compliment me on my photography but then the honesty came out…..”It looks like I’m choking him, though, doesn’t it, poor David.”
He wasn’t squeezing David’s neck so he really didn’t do any harm, it just looks funny.
Gary was so good to David during this whole process and even came to our house one day two weeks ago to speak with him one-on-one. Rich and I were not home, David was here with some of his siblings. Gary said that Seth and Sarah sat and listened carefully to their conversation and that David “was delightful.” I have to agree.
It was such a special day.