Today, you are being baptized.
According to you, it is a "ba-buh-tism", but it means the exact same thing. Your six-year-old tongue just can't quite pronounce this word yet.
You are the end of an era, an era where Mommy and Daddy worked for this outcome for all three of the Nowell boys. We've prayed for you, and your big brothers, to come to love Jesus just the way Mommy and Daddy do. And this day, at our church, you are going to stand up in front of a big crowd of people, many of whom are your family and our close friends, and by your actions you'll tell the whole wide world that you love Jesus enough that you want everyone to know.
I pray, as the Holy Spirit descends into your life, that you will learn to follow His lead.
That you find God a comfort and shield.
That you want to walk in His ways.
That, daily, you'll talk with Him.
That you'll pray about all things in your life.
That you will take seriously His word and incorporate it into your life.
That, when it is your time to die, you will take comfort in knowing that Jesus will be there to receive you. And that Mommy and Daddy and Nickels and Hooman will be reunited with you there.
I couldn't be more proud of you as you take this step. I couldn't love you more than I do right now; not just in this moment as you are baptized, but all the days of your life.
And, I thank God that He is working in your life. What an indescribable blessing.
With all my love,