|Rebekah's good work|
We may not be actual grandparents yet - we have to wait until mid-October for that privilege - but that doesn't mean there is no grandparenting to be done. Not, that is, if you can pull out a sewing machine and resurrect a skill-set lying dormant for several decades.
|Rebekah's mother's sewing machine...|
As I was brought up in the Baptist Church, I thought long and hard about infant baptism back when Andrew and Naomi came into this world.
But I digress. Infant baptism made great sense once I understood the event in terms of Covenant. In the Old Covenant - God's agreement with Abraham and the Children of Israel - circumcision represented the commitment. Christ's "New Covenant" is also a sign and a seal of God's promise. Baptism is a mark that declares "this family belongs to God!" Andrew and Naomi were - are - children of promise in the same way. Baptism isn't a ticket to salvation, it's a sign that God's covenant promise is faithful.
This new baptismal gown - made by hand, by Rebekah - is one way we can say that our new baby grandchild is a part of the household of God and surrounded by deep and abiding love. Our love, God's love, Naomi and Craig's love, all wrapped around this amazing miracle of insistent life.
The birth may be a long five months down the road. But we've seen the sonogram; Naomi and Craig have heard the heartbeat; Naomi saw the baby "turning somersaults" at the doctor's office this week....
.... And, most importantly, this little life is well known by God, a special and specific creation of wonder and promise. "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1)
Love is most often a deliberate, faithful and ongoing collection of small things. Mother Teresa famously said, "There are no great things; only small things with great love."
This new gown, then, is one very great small thing!
In love and because of promise - DEREK