Today, January 25, 2013, is the fifth anniversary of my son Brenainn’s baptism. He was baptized in the Name of the Father and of the + Son of the Holy Spirit at Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Guatemala City, Guatemala during a January visit to him by my wife and I (the adoption was not finalized and Brenainn brought home with us until 8 months later). The picture above was taken by missionary friend Dale Talsma on Brenainn’s baptismal day.
We made him peanut butter-chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and will have a special treat for him tonight. I’m very emotional about this anniversary this year… I suspect it’s because it’s been during this year that we’ve spoken most openly about adoption and he is beginning to ask lots of question and show interest in pictures of his foster family and of Guatemala. I’m thankful for this, as the adoption journey may well have been the most challenging journey we have taken as a family and I am so thankful to God for this little man. The adoption and his daily presence has taught me as much or more about how we come in to the family of God and live in it than anything else in my Christian life.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4–7, ESV)
My Father in heaven, thank you for my baptism into the Life of your Son, my Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the hope that I have because, as you promise in Romans 6, I am united in Baptism to the death and resurrection of Him who is risen from the dead and cannot die again. Lord, you teach us, too, to give thanks in all circumstances, and so I thank you that you saw Carrie, Siobhan, Aidan, Failenn and I through the trauma of losing a son to you in this life. I thank you that through that trauma you began to show us that Your family is made through adoption and that what is true of Your family could also be true of ours. May I, as a father and husband, daily received my wife and children as the totally undeserved gifts that they are. May we, together in Your family, give thanks always to Him who is the Head of our family, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.