Townes was baptized on Sunday at St Bartholomew the Great. We had decided not to baptize him as a baby because we both feel as though there are not enough rites of passage in the Christian faith. However, we were moved by this church and felt as though it would be wonderful to connect Townes's spiritual life to a place with such beauty, history, and sacredness. The church was built in the 1100s and has survived to be the oldest church in London. The font is medieval so it's about 600 years old.
We were quite certain that Townes would scream, cry, or growl during the ceremony but he did very well. That's surprising for 2 reasons: 1. He had water poured on his head three times and was also anointed with oil. 2. The kid really likes to growl these days.
The majority of my family was gathered in St Louis on the same Sunday for the baptism of Lindley and Gordon's daughter, Susannah. We were a much smaller group. Coy's dad is here for a visit. Our dear Swedish friend, Lars, is one of Townes's godfathers and made the trip from Zurich. And the church required us to have a proxy for Zach Brining (T's other godfather who couldn't make it from Mobile) so we asked Coy's drinking buddy, Todd!
At the risk of sounding too preachy for a blog, we are grateful for the symbol of this ceremony, that God's Covenant of Grace extends to Townes. The Epistle reading that morning came from Ephesians 5 and included two verses that have challenged/inspired me in the past:
"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity."
We do pray that Townes will grow in wisdom and in faith over the years.