On Sunday, I had the sweet privilege of baptizing my first-born daughter, Emily Grace Dunn, who is now 7 years old. It was definitely one of those unforgetable moments as a parent. In Romans 6:4-5 it says, "4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his."
I had several people take a moment to write a piece of advice for Emily that she can carry with her on her Christian walk. Many of the comments challenged her to continue to seek God as she grows older and to remember that His love for her is eternal and unchanging. As I was reflecting on the verse from Romans above the words 'death' and 'life' really jumped out to me. Baptism is a metaphor that depicts both 'death' and 'life'. When Emily surrendered her life to Jesus, her eternal destiny shifted in that moment from being eternally separated from God in judgment to becoming God's adopted daughter and inheriting eternal life with Him. There is also a death and life that will be a part of her journey here on earth. Even as God's child now she will still experience the reality of a broken world around her (betrayal, heart-break, disappointment, falling into temptation, trials, and hurts). My prayer for her is that as she walks the difficult road of this life she will cling to Jesus in a real and personal way and that He will be the true love of her life. I've included the song called 'untitled hymn' by Chris Rice, below, as I think it says what I feel in a beautiful and simple way.
May you cling to Jesus today,