Today we lit a white candle in honor of the day when Baby Rae joined the Body of Christ. We said a prayer together, and Madeline and I looked at pictures of Baby Rae from her Baptismal Day. (We ended up looking at Madeline’s baptism snapshots as well.)
Gaba (my mom) fashioned the baptismal gown both my girls wore from the wedding dress she donned back in August of 1971. We plan on having every baby girl that God gives to our family wear the special gown.
Although Rae is obviously too young to understand the significance of this special day, we celebrated her first birthday, so why shouldn’t we celebrate her “new life” as a Christian? Plus, Madeline is my little sponge and is eager to know more about Jesus and our faith, so this was a good excuse to talk about how Jesus extends a personal invitation to us when we’re baptized to become one of his followers.
As my girls grow older, I plan on continuing to celebrate and honor this special day in their lives. For future baptismal days, I’m sure I’ll further explain what it means to be baptized, and perhaps we’ll even read a Bible passage together that relates to this beautiful Sacrament.
How we choose to commemorate this sacred day isn’t what’s important. Remembering that it was through our baptism that Christ chose us and claimed us for his own most certainly is.
Do you celebrate your child’s baptismal day? If so, how?