The boys were baptized today.
This may not look like how your church does it.
Grampa and Gramma Grasshopper, Pastor Bert, Wyatt, Gunnar (peeking over shoulders), Tate, and me (holding the towels and making a funny face, for some reason).
When I was growing up, we lived right across the street from our church. We had lakefront property and all the baptisms were done at our beach. Usually in the summer, but we do remember breaking ice once for someone who didn't want to wait. I was raised with "repent and be baptized" (Acts 2:38) and "(he) believed and was baptized" (Acts 2:41 and Acts 8:13). Baptism came after a profession of faith. So our boys were not baptized, but dedicated, as infants.
And now, here we are. And this church does it differently.
They're closer to the Reformed tradition and baptize babies as part of the Covenant.
And you don't generally baptize babies by immersion, yah?
But our gracious pastor, knowing that that is more meaningful to us, agreed to immerse the boys,
and friends helped logistically with the loan of a stock tank.
And, by the way, I'm not debating methods or viewpoints, just explaining.
And either way you look at it, the boys were 'due' for baptism.
Wyatt, who went first, is smiling here but having a bit of a reaction to the temp of the water.
The air temp was 63F and the water was probably about the same.
Tate and Gunnar look on, as he is dunked.
Tate is watching Pastor Bert intently as he had his HA out.
Didn't want to baptize that.
Gunnar is taking this very seriously, standing like a soldier.
Boy did he squirm in the cold water, but stayed the course!
The boys were presented with baptismal certificates, and the beautiful basket of flowers in the first pic.
Well, okay, the flowers are probably more for me :D
I'm proud of them for openly professing their faith,
and for braving the chilly day and water (notice all our sweaters and warm clothes).
And we very much appreciate Pastor Bert.
He may be smiling but he's also in a lot of pain right now from a pinched nerve.
And those boys aren't small anymore!
Rejoice with us, our boys are baptized :D