Jesse's baptism

As we have finally joined a church since our move in 2014, we also finally had Jesse baptized on Sunday!

Jesse supplied his signature pouty lip.

In looking back at the girls' baptisms, I realized that the baptisms associate to different homes for us. We brought both Lydia and Heidi home from the hospital to Darien Street, and they were both baptized when our church was meeting in its South Philadelphia location. Anna was born when we lived on 13th Street, and she was baptized after the church moved to its Center City location. Jesse was brought home from the hospital to our home out here and was also baptized at our new church here.

I posted this when I shared Lydia's and Heidi's and Anna's baptism, so for continuity's sake, I'm posting it once again here for me. I love what baptism represents - the sign and seal of the covenant God made with Abraham - an unconditional covenant of blessing and redemption. God's grace and mercy through salvation are gifts extended to each of his children; we merely must receive. Jesse's baptism doesn't grant him salvation as only he can choose this for himself as he grows to understand. He - and each of us - brings nothing to the table in our relationship with God. He reaches down to us whether we choose to  receive or not. Our prayer is that Jesse will choose salvation for himself one day as we love him with the joy of the gospel. We pray that God will work through our imperfect love to show him his perfect love.