Your Birthday~My Gift
I remember the January day you were born like it was yesterday. I was doing laundry as I was getting ready to go to the doctor’s office for a scheduled checkup when my labor began. I called dad’s college office and in a very calm voice said, “Hi Tara, could you get Luke for me and tell him he has to come home. Right.Now.” All I heard were shrill squeals on the line, “Are you having the baby!!!!!???” Not only did she find dad, Tara made sure all of our dear friends knew you were on the way. You were so anticipated, so loved, so welcomed.
Thursday you experienced another sort of birthday – one on which you were born into the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just like your natural birth, your mom and dad have so looked forward to the spiritual one. We have seen the labor pains for a while. The way you asked a few more questions. The intensity with which you listened to your Bible stories. The restlessness that seemed to grow within you. Thursday I asked you, ‘Do you ever think about salvation?’ to which you answered in a flood of tears, ‘All the time’.
We sat in the laundry room floor and talked it through. Almost ten years ago, I was standing in front of the dryer when you made it clear you were making your way into the world. It was in this same place I held you in my arms as you prayed the prayer of forgiveness which would grant you access to another. Laundry has never felt so sacred. Now that I think of it, the clothes are normally stacked as high as Sinai~an intentional parallel perhaps? I don’t know that I’ll be able to wash clothes with shoes on ever again….
And can I even talk about your baptism yesterday? Hardly without blubbering! Do you have any idea how undone your daddy was being able to baptize you? Did you think he was ever going to quit hugging you in that baptistry? I do believe you were soaked in his tears before you ever went under the water. I guess you could consider it a baptism from both your fathers. I don’t think God minded sharing on this good day.
Squidman, mom and dad are so proud of you. You have the wit of ten boys and the compassion of twenty. You’ll make a mighty man of God. How I look forward to the day He begins to reveal His plan for your life. I am in awe of the impact you’ve already made in this space and time in which you’ve been intentionally placed. You are an obedient son, a loving brother, a loyal friend.
You also make us all laugh our heads off. Here was your take on all the excitement of the day:
Me: Squid, what did you think about today? It wasn’t too scary was it?
You: Not as bad as I thought. But, I wish I was Jewish.
Me: What? Why in the world do you wish that?!!
You: They get baptism over by getting sprinkled when they are babies and they get a bucket load of money when they turn 13.
Me: Yeah, Squid. I wish you were Jewish too.
And then your face lit up in that gorgeous smile of yours which says, ‘Just kidding, mom’….
How I praise God for the indescribable honor and privilege of being your mother.
And how grateful I will eternally be to Him for giving you to me twice.
We love you, we love you, we love you, you precious kid!!!
CONGRATULATIONS and Happy Birthday
to your son
Oh Lisa! I know I’m emotional at the moment but I’m blubbing with you! What an amazing post, I pray for the day I too can write a post like this for my boys. What an awesome experience for you and your hubby, just want to say that I pray we can be as effective parents to our boys as you are to yours, Congratulations and PRAISE GOD!!!
Awww, that’s a beautiful post! Happy birthday to Squid. :)
I gave you a little award on my blog! :)
I can not even begin to tell you the emotions I have had over the past 2 days. Watching the baptism yesterday was overwhelming. To see the love that a dad has for his son and to think that is only a portion of the love that God has for us. More than I can take! Thank you for your wonderful post and sharing your heart with us. You are a priceless treasue and I am blessed to call you friend!
How exciting for him! Congrats!
makes me wanna be a mom.
How wonderful! Congratulations!
Are you trying to make me blubbler?? Acutally I am jumping out of my seat saying “Praise God.” I remember when my last child accepted Christ I was beyond giddy.
Much praise for your week! It is so exciting. This is an awesome post! I couldn’t stop tearing up while reading it.
I’m all teary-eyed. And I cannot imagine what your man must have felt like baptizing his own son.
Oh my heart…
Praise Him sweet sister! I celebrate the spiritual birth!
Wow…words cannot describe how that post hit my heart!
My parents were not into me being baptized, but I had a flashback of my church family, they were very happy.
I don’t think I knew then how amazing of an experience that truly was.
I am so glad your husband was the one the baptized him…what honor!
:) Be Blessed:)
I can only imagine the happiness you feel to know that your child is now a child of the King! I am so happy for you and your family and especially Squid!!!
Continue to pray for my sons that as each question I try to answer they will listen and obey God’s bidding.
Thanks for sharing this special day!
Praise God, His gospel is simple enough even for a child to understand and His love so compelling even for a child to respond! What joy!
That is awesome – Congrats to Squid!
Too precious for words…
OK, I am blubbering fool right now! That was such a precious post! I can’t wait for the day when my two boys are Born Again! How Blessed are you and your husband! That is so neat that your husband baptised your son!
How wonderful! There is absolutely NOTHING like hearing our children ask Jesus into their hearts. Congratulations!
A wonderful post and a Blessing to us. Congratulations! And Happy Birthday to your “squid”.
Wow! If we in the blogoshpere are celebrating this much with you, imagine the party going on in heaven! Go God!
How wonderful! I have been blessed to know that day for three of my children. The most recent my 8 year old. My darling 5 year old is very close b/c she knows all the details, it is just a matter of making it public and chosing to tell the world and following through. I treasure those days to see our little ones chose to follow Christ with their lives. Blessings to your son!
What a beautiful post for your son to treasures years from now.
Awwww..This was just the sweetest post Lisa and I too am a blubbering mess readin this! :0)
Congratulations! What a wonderful day. :0)
You absolutely MUST post a picture of the baptism. Let us visually rejoice with you. :-)
How very awesome! We were baptised together as a family three years ago…the sprinkling I had done when I was 12 did not take :) that step of obedience to the LORD is incredibly tough to make that first step, but coming up from the water, you can just feel God smile. What a party is going on in Heaven. You are truly blessed! Princess to Princess!
Lisa, I’m collecting a puddle of tears on my desk as I read this! What a beautiful post and PRAISE THE LORD for adding a sheep to HIS flock!
I’m so happy for your entire family. I also know the tears through the joy when my father was able to baptize my son. It was a beautiful moment.
Thanks so much Lisa. I just applied my morning mascasra and now must go and reapply. I knew I should have bought the water proof kind.
Congratulations to your family! Beautiful story!
How awesome!! I can’t wait for the day that my husband gets to do that. What an awesome testimony to all of your lives. Praising Him with you today…
What a precious post.
Thank you for sharing your precious day with us! I love how he was baptized by two fathers!!!
That was beautiful!! I was in tears about 2 paragraphs into the story!!
I love the visual of your son being bathed in tears by his father and hugging him nonstop!! God is so good!!
Congrats on an amazing few days!
I am bawling.. You share every mother’s hope. Send this in to a magazine. Other need to read it. Love you and Love your son…. Welcome to the Kingdom.
LOVE this post! So, so sweet.
What an awesome post! This is the first time I have read yours, and I am blessed as a new mom, to look forward to that day for my son, Noah. My soon to be adopted soon just took that step three weeks ago. He is older, and struggles with peer pressure, but has been a changed boy ever since. I am so blessed. Thank you for an awesome example!
Happy Birthday to Squid *me singing* HAHA
Squid’s baptism was awesome… I was trying SO hard not to snub especially when Luke said “I baptize you as my brother and my son” *sniff, sniff*
I just love your blog… I know when I leave it, I’m gonna leave with a good cry, a good laugh, or both…..Jewish…HAHAHA!