Monday, June 2, 2008

"...I used to be old, and now....I'm new."


That's what my son said to me as I tucked him in bed last night. Yesterday I got the amazing privilege of baptizing him. It was pretty emotional. My parents had flown in from Arizona for the occasion. My sister was in town. And there I was with my first born child, helping him along in a monumental decision that he was making for himself. As I sat back and took it all in, I got pretty overwhelmed. Seeing the entire circle of life with my folks and sister, and all of my kids and my wife. It was a major memory, for sure.

Old, and now new. It indicates change....a reversal...a transformation. I don't think I'll ever really understand how God does that....but then again, I don't think it's my place do understand how. I do know that from the time I was a young boy I've understood that my life could stand for something bigger then anything I could do on my own. That God has orchestrated time and circumstances to bring me to a place of helping other folks....and in the process....myself. There's nothing better then serving other people. Loving other people. It's the best antidote for the downside of our human existence. I've learned that in small ways as I've grown up, and I'm so thrilled that my son has decided to extend that legacy. It's not us....but Him. We used to be old....and now we're new.

9 comments:

Sharon said...

It's great to see Brady so giddy... I can't get over how wonderful he is. All our kids are super. I'm in such awe that God gave us these kids to grow...
We're doing good babe!

Steve said...

Congratulations! So thrilled for Brady and your entire family! Nothing better. Your Daddy-pride mixed with Christ-overwhelming humility made for a priceless moment for everyone present. Way to invest in the 'church beyond you'!

grammy said...

As I sit here and weep, I remember you and your urgency to be baptised when you too change from old to new. Daddy and I were overwelmed with the blessings of God, and what an opportunity for you to baptise your first born son. We are blessed!

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Chelle said...

Wow. I didn't know how you were going to put yesterday into words. But as usual... you did it! What an amazing moment in time. One that will never be forgotten. Love you guys!

Jeramy Sossaman said...

i'm way more eloquent today....outside of the moment and the urge to cry at any second.

Cheryl said...

So, SO happy for you guys! And Sharon, you're right... You've got a great family and you're doing a great job with them!!!! We're celebrating with you all!

Gena said...

Congratulations! I know it had to be an overwhelming moment and then so amazing. You and Sharon are great!

The Zarzana Family said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome Brady got baptised.