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Dear Parents who are considering baptism for your children,


Welcome to the promised-filled world of…CHRISTIAN BAPTISM.

Whether born to you or adopted, the one you hold in your arms is a beautiful blessing-God’s love in the form of a little child.

If your child was born to you, you have passed through the wonder, the mystery, the risk, the joy, the pain, and the hard work of the birth process. If your child in adopted, the days of waiting and of longing are behind. Either way, you are probably aware that much of life is beyond human control. Also, you are no doubt aware that you have received…A PRECIOUS AND LOVELY GIFT.

You either decided upon or are thinking about baptism for your child. Why do Christians bring little children to the font or pool for this water ritual? Here are some possible reasons:

1) We need to surround the child with love and promises – God’s, the faith community’s, the parent’s.

2) A child is much more than “mine” or “ours.” He or she is God’s creation, God’s child.

3) Parents are not enough. A child needs to belong to a community, a people of faith who share a history, a way of life, and a hope for the future.

4) A child is part of the human race which is ensnared within self-justifying impulses, self-love run amuck, trusting what is not worthy of trust – all that the Christian faith calls “sin.” Every human needs God’s forgiving and liberating power.

5) Every child will be shaped by some story, some value system. Baptism is “storied water.” It ushers a child into the story of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ.**

6) We want a child to be raised as a Christian-living the abundant life of dwelling in Christ (LN 10:10).

Whether you have thought of any of these reasons or have simply felt them in your heart…whether you have these of other reasons…or whether you are certain of uncertain about baptism, rest assured that…

GOD INVITES YOU TO RECEIVE A BEAUTIFUL GIFT – GOD’S BLESSING OF YOUR CHILD THROUGH BAPTISM.


Copyright© 1996 Daniel W. Erlander


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*The beloved child might also be a long term foster son or daughter.

**This reason challenges the popular idea: Children should not be raised in a specific religious tradition. Then they can “decide for themselves” when they grow up. We do not follow this opinion in relation to values, education, manners, etc. Why in the realm of faith?