We shared the sweetest afternoon together.
Beneath the trees, amidst the flowers, below the blue sky, and within the back yard, our sweet daughter made her profession of faith and Tirzah was baptized.
She has been talking about it for a while now. Her desire to be baptized. But always the hang-up of being in front of everyone.
We hadn't even thought it could be done in another way until our sweet friends in Georgia showed us otherwise. A simple service, out in the Created World, parents and child knit together in deep communion, prayer, and gratitude. Since our arrival here in VA, we have visited a home church and there, too, we learned that it is the responsibility of the parents to bring these, our children, unto the Lord. It is our responsibility to make disciples of these souls God has entrusted to us, to baptize them in the right way and at the right time.
And so Daniel led our time together. He began telling Tirzah just what baptism means: that we believe that Jesus Christ came to this earth to wash away our sins by his death. And we believe that as He was risen again on the third day, we too will rise again to a new Eternity. He shared Scripture with her, we prayed over her and committed her to the Lord. We sang hymns and then Daniel baptized her, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It was a day to remember for always. A sweet, simple day.
Tirzah Madeleine. Her name means "Delight" and so we pray this verse over her for the remainder of her days, that Tirzah would: