Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dream The Promises

A few weeks ago our little Anna was baptized.  It was a really special time for our family to celebrate God's faithfulness to his promises.  It was a joy to take these vows before the congregation: 
  • Do you acknowledge your child’s need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?
  • Do you claim God’s covenant promises in (her) behalf, and do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for (her) salvation, as you do for your own?
  • Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before (her) a godly example, that you will pray with and for (her), that you will teach (her) the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring (her) up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? 
I love the language of "in humble reliance upon divine grace." Our prayer as parents is that we would rely on God's grace for raising our daughter and that we would model what it means to abide in the love of Christ. It was so special to watch Drew baptize Anna and introduce her as the newest member of the covenant of faith.  After the baptism I had the privilege of singing a song that Drew wrote the words to and our friend Steph wrote the music to.  The words are beautiful and we look forward to singing this song to all of our kids!  

You were made for life fantastic
His image in your form,
All creation, sings ecstatic
To see her steward born

Slow in wrath with love abounding
While our fresh offense still stung
Though the close of Eden's gates were sounding,
His promises of hope he sung
So close your eyes and dream the promises
Made by God to his little ones
He claimed your heart before he made you,
Calling forth his daughters and his sons
Born into a deeper story
One extending from the start
You are a bearer of his glory
Born to play your special part

He died to bring the death of death
The grave, it could not keep its hold
Rising redeemed our ransomed breath
and swallowed the night in mercy bold
His promises of gracious glory
Are your foundation in this life
So breathe in deep and step into his story
The unfolding end of death and strife

And though you still will feel the sting
Sins’ broken days will not endure
Your life in his, though now limping,
shall shine with glory evermore!  

So come, O city, ever bright
Built on these promises so true
Inaugurate your kingdom's right
That all of this will be made new, 
That all of this will be made new!     

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Remembering Them

I received an email recently titled "remembering..." from a dear friend.  She was writing to let me know that she was thinking of our babies, our babies that are in heaven.  This month is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month.  I wasn't even aware that there was such a thing, but I am thankful that there is.  We lost our two babies in 2011 through miscarriage.  I know that I am not alone in this loss and that many other women in this world experience this tragedy as well.  We named our little ones though we didn't know their genders.  I will never forget the ache I felt that morning after I lost Autumn.  I felt so lonely and empty.  After losing William, our second baby, the feeling of deep sadness just continued.  I continue to reflect on what God taught us through this experience of brokenness.  My friend said these words to me, "Looking forward to the day when Anna can meet her siblings, and we can meet them too.  All joy is theirs..."  They are experiencing full and perfect joy as they are with Jesus, and we wait with hope when we will all experience this full joy together!  Thank you dear friend for dignify and remembering Autumn and William's lives!  These are our babies, and though we never got to hold them we will always love them! I was encouraged by a another friend who had experienced miscarriage as well to have something that would remind me of our babies lives.  I had this ring made with their initials engraved inside.  I love everything about the ring and I look forward to explaining its significance to Anna one day!