Ryan was baptized by Rev. Robin Roderick when he was in the hospital at St. John's Mercy on May 5th 2009 with Chris and myself. But, since his sponsors were not present and we had not had a chance to present Ryan to our church, FUMC St. Charles, we wanted to bring him for a re-affirmation of that baptism today, June 14th. Ryan wore an outfit I bought for him this week and my mother embroidered his name and the date of his baptism on the outfit.
It is difficult to go anywhere with Ryan, and today of all days, we were regretting making the trip the entire way to the church because Ryan just couldn't seem to settle down. I had to suction him 4 times in the car ride over to the church alone. But... when we arrived and paraded all of our equipment and our family into the Sanctuary, a sense of peace set in and Ryan calmed down quickly.
A huge sigh overcame me. A sigh of relief and thankfulness that our son was in God's House on this day. Ryan was awake for the re-affirmation in which Chris and I dipped our hands into the Holy Water and placed them upon him. He cooed as Pastor Glen and Rev. Robin Roderick led the congregation in the service. The moment was magical, peaceful, perfect. After the baptism was done, we let Ryan rest his head in the pew of the church as that position is most comfortable for him. He slipped off into a peaceful slumber for the remainder of the service. The day couldn't have been more perfect. Many of our family members were present to help us celebrate and dedicate Ryan to his Eternal Father. We were thankful to have each and every one of them there. Matt Hawn and Kim Hawn, two of Chris' siblings, were the sponsors for Ryan.
Following the service, Rev. Roderick led the congregation in prayer and invited those who were able to come and surround our family during the prayer for Ryan. It was similar to another moment dear to my heart, when the congregation layed hands on Charlotte during prayer just a few days before her open heart surgery. Both moments were like a blur as the tears pouring from my eyes prevented me from knowing exactly who was standing around us. I clenched Chris' hand and placed one on our child, just as I had before. So much emotion filled my heart in those moments. But, I felt the power in the room, the love of Christ, and the power of healing with prayer. God's gifts are all around us every day.
Ryan, sleeping peacefully in the pew.
Matt & Kim - Ryan's sponsors
A quick picture of the three of us.
Sweet Dreams little boy - we love you so much.