Today’s reflection is written by Easter member Katie Larson:
As my oldest daughter, Clara, is now 2 ½, I have been trying to find ways to incorporate faith into her daily routine. As her Baptismal anniversary approaches, I have been focusing on showing her the connection to water and the Word. Whether she is washing her hands, brushing her teeth, or even running through the sprinklers…God is always there, listening to her and loving her. Reminding her that on her Baptism, she was promised, by God, that she is always beloved!
Every night before bed, I cherish our time praying together, and marking Clara’s forehead with the cross of Christ. Instilling a strong foundation, so that she knows that she is protected and safe because God’s love is big and everywhere.
During the Baptism class we took as parents, Pastor Brandon talked about the importance of celebrating your child’s “Bath Day” every year on their Baptismal anniversary. I love the idea of not only bringing out their candle to light, but also looking at pictures from that special day, and even getting a cake to celebrate! Last year, Clara’s Godmother made a contribution to ELCA Good Gifts on her anniversary, to help teach Clara at a young age that God loves all of His children, and that this love can be spread through giving and sharing.
How do you remember your Baptism? Parents, Godparents, Aunts/Uncles, Grandparents…how have you reminded your children of their Baptism? What family traditions do you share?
“…sustain Clara with the gift of your Holy Spirit; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever…Amen.”
Katie Larson is a member of Easter Lutheran Church. She lives in Eagan with her husband Andrew, and their two young daughters, Clara and Audrey. In her free time outside of working as a marketing recruiter, Katie enjoys writing on the topic of faith and parenting.