Well, a few months ago, the boys were talking amongst themselves about theology (as they often do...I know that David's dad LOVES listening to these conversations from heaven!), and they both decided that they were ready to be baptized. That they wanted EVERYONE to know that they had Jesus in their hearts. And of course it would be even better because they would do it together.
So that leads us to today. The boys went through the children's class last month and were all ready. We "practiced" at the Y, so they knew what behavior was allowed in the baptismal! :) And they were so excited. They also talked alot this weekend about how this was going to make the devil sad - that he doesn't want people to know about Jesus, and the boys were THRILLED to tell EVERYONE that they have Jesus in their hearts! I loved it!
So they got to wear their bathing suits to church this morning (how fun is that!) They had already told me that they wanted Daddy to be waiting for them with their towels (so I was relegated to sitting in the pew with the camcorder). We asked that Pastor TJay be the one to baptize them. We have been friends with him and his wife for more than 10 years. We met at Liberty (I actually knew his wife from high school at our church), and all ministered together on YouthQuest. TJay came to the church to be the youth pastor at the same time that we moved here, and we were thrilled to meet up with these friends again.
You all know it's been a tough couple years at our church. But TJay has been faithful. He has been faithful to God and faithful to our church. He and David have a great relationship, and we have prayed that God would uphold him and his family amidst all the hard "stuff" our church is having to go through. So it was so special for him to baptize our boys. He loves our family, and we love his family. He said it made him feel "old" to be baptizing two of our kids. How special.
The boys were precious. What a very special Sunday for us. And yes boys, God was SO proud of you for declaring to EVERYONE how much you love Jesus and want to serve Him. And I was a little bit proud of you too. May you ALWAYS have as much enthusiasm and love for serving Him as you do today. You are both going to be shining lights for Him. God has great things for you both. You began your spiritual lives just days apart from each other, you are absolutely the best of friends, you were baptized on the same day together, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I love you two boys. More than you know. And I was SO proud of you. Even if I had to sit in the pew and watch!
I think this is my new favorite picture of them. Ever. Seriously. (Judy - maybe we can put it in the header?)
Do they look excited or what? :)
Do they look excited or what? :)
My boys. All love God with all that they know and all that they are. and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Jacob went first...he looks a LITTLE bit nervous at this point!
Poor TJay - I warned him that he may get wetter than usual with these two! :)
TJay with Jacob. He was so cute - he looked straight out at the congregation and gave everyone a big smile. The way our church does it, the person getting baptized tapes a short video saying when they were saved and why they want to be baptized. It makes it nice for kids and for people who would otherwise get nervous about this part!