My youngest was baptized when she was around 5 or 6 years old. Her childlike faith said “yes” to Jesus, and her family and church nurtured her spiritual walk.
The years between 6 and 14 is like the expanse of the Grand Canyon when it comes to changes in our lives spiritually, physically, and intellectually. She decided, at 14 years old, to renew her commitment. She explained to us that she first made the decision as a family decision. She desired to have the opportunity to make the conscious choice as a young lady facing the world and maturing into adulthood. There comes that time in which you stand alone, face-to-face with Him. This intimacy is the Great Divine–the intimacy of God, our precious and faithful Father.
Life is insanely busy in most households. We may have moments of refreshment or solitude, but it’s quickly swallowed up with the commitments of life. On this day, God seemed to put in all our hearts the incomprehensible notion of eternity. Most days, I can only see past my stumbling feet scrambling to the coffee pot to wake up. On this day, eternity and peace lifted us to the portals of heaven and His love. God is with us on the mountain top experiences, and He is with us in the valley when we can’t see past the temporary. I’m reminded of this verse during those times:
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him– I Corinthians 2:9
My Aunt Shirley has been sharing messages from her pastor on the word grace. We are “in the age of grace”. We do not live “under the law”. My prayer for my daughter is that she grows in her knowledge of God’s love for her, His eternal grace, and to live with hope and expectancy of “the things God has prepared for her”. She has the privilege of grandparents who pray for her and nurture her daily walk within in our home.
As her family gathered around her in celebration, I was reminded of our eternal home, together, with Him, as brothers and sisters in Christ. We may wrestle with the temporary but our hearts are set for eternity.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
As I re-watched the video, I heard church folks and family clapping and cheering her on! May we encourage one another continuously! Victoria listen to your happy voice!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
We were a little picture happy, so I made a slide show of the day at the end of this post. Thank you to those who took the time to write her a note or send a text. We read them at lunch.
On the way home from the day’s events, she wanted time with her daddy to go rock climbing. A great activity of courage and time with her earthly father. His love makes us courageous! The symbolism was amazing and timely. Thank you Parish for being such a good father to our daughters.
A prayer from the pastor: