Summer is winding down and the countdown to the first day of school has begun. We were privileged to make lots of memories this summer together as a family and with friends both near and far.
Poolside junk food, amusement parks, lazy beach days, and campfires defined many of our days.
Yet there was one day that stood above the rest, and will continue to be the highlight of the Summer of 2015 for the Lang Gang.
Hayden, our second born (10 1/2 years old), had been asking to be baptized for about a year. He was young, about 5 or so, when he decided he wanted to be a Christ Follower. So we wanted to make absolutely sure that he was ready to make the decision to be baptized.
For any of you who might be new to this language: after dedicating your life to Jesus Christ, baptism is the next step in your spiritual journey symbolizing a new life free from the guilt and shame of sin.
In our church, we believe that baptism should be done soon after the new Christ Follower has decided to make their belief public. In other words, as soon as they understand that the New Testament urges Christ Followers to be baptized as a declaration of their faith to others, they should do it!
As Hayden asked about baptism throughout the year, we talked it out with him and looked over scripture that helped him understand exactly what baptism meant. Together with Hayden, we decided that the beach where Hunter and Brandon were baptized would be a meaningful place to continue the tradition.
Hayden wrote down a statement of his faith, and also publicly answered a few questions.
Many Christ Followers get baptized by their pastor, or other elders in their church. This is absolutely fine! For us, it was much more personal for Hayden's older brother and Daddy to be the ones baptizing him. We did it right there on the beach in front of everybody and had grandparents and a few cousins, uncles, and aunts there as well.
We are so proud of you Hayden and your decision to publicly tell the world that you love Jesus and you plan on following Him forever. You have the most tender heart. You are easy-going, yet strong in character. Daddy and I love you so much.
What a privilege, what a day!