We baptized our baby boy yesterday during Sunday morning mass surrounded by family, friends, and our loving church congregation. It was an incredibly beautiful ceremony that left us feeling spiritually renewed as we welcomed River into the church. As the water ran over his head and Father Jose blessed him with his first sacrament, River never cried. He stared up at us with eyes opened wide, taking it all in. Dressed in the same christening gown that both of his sisters wore, flanked on each side by parents and godparents who swore to love him and raise him with the values we hold dear, I couldn't help but cry tears of joy for our son. He is blessed already, a perfect soul beginning his life with a clean slate. His heart is perfectly clean, open and innocent and full of possibility. I held him in my arms, in front of a whole community of people who wish us all well, and felt so inspired. In a world that can sometimes take us under with its conflict and darkness, I felt blessed to be surrounded by such unconditional love, to be able to carry this sweet baby in my arms.
God bless you, River Scott, as you begin your spiritual journey. May your life be filled with peace and love. May you always seek the Lord in everything that you do, in all your trials and tribulations, in all your praise and thanksgiving. I pray that your heart will be called to be a generous, loving, and compassionate person, that your thoughts and intentions are always pure, and that you will respond in faith to God's plan for you.
"I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring." ~Liz Armbruster