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May 9, 2010

When Will He Be Baptized?

Yesterday was an incredibly memorable day in our home. Not only was it our very first Mother's Day, but it was also the day that we dedicated our son to God.

After many a conversation, the hubs and I decided to move forward with dedication and it's accompanying prayers that our son would not projectile spit-up into the pastor's microphone. To us, dedication is an important step as a family and as parents, signifying our commitment to raising our son in a household that strives to honor God in all that we do.

Many people choose to have their children baptized as infants and I'm not going to get into the baptism versus dedication debate here because I don't have any desire to see my readers beating each other over the head with clubs, rolling pins, or small children. Suffice it to say that due to our personal convictions on the meaning of dedication, Jonathan and I chose to have our son dedicated and, Lord willing, one day he will be baptized when he is old enough to acknowledge the significance of the act.

During the service where our friends and family were present, our pastor explained the meaning of dedication and briefly spoke about the church's beliefs on the topic. He explained why our church does not perform infant baptism and at what point we believe baptism to be an act which should take place in life. This is important because it was explained at a 3rd grade level. JUST TO BE CLEAR.

So you can imagine my surprise when one family member inquired of me after the service, "When will Nathaniel be baptized?"

Head, meet desk.

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