- Who we are
- What’s going on?
Obviously, as a parent, this is challenging and scary. I want him to be safe. I don’t want him to be hurt, physically or emotionally.
Every baptism Sunday for over a year, Truman had been asking his dad and me if he could be baptized. I’m not going to lie. I was hesitant. I kept telling myself that I wanted to make sure he really understood what baptism represents, but if I am gut-wrenchingly honest with myself, I knew that when he was baptized, he would do it in true Truman style: no boundaries, full-out, happy dance included.
Branden accepted this as he always does, with his quiet assurance and faith that it would all work out, and I, in my typical fashion, did not. I worried that he would get hurt. That people might assume because he is Truman with all his wildcard-ways, his baptism would be cute and sweet, but not a “real” baptism. Or worse, that his baptism was something that his dad and I had chosen for him as opposed to something he had passionately and confidently chosen for himself.
I was scared. I only saw the boundaries and the limits. Not for the first time regarding Truman’s faith walk, I felt almost audibly, lovingly chastised by God, “Stop. Just stop. Do not stand in the way of my son. Let him come to Me. Trust in Me,” and not for the first time in Truman’s faith walk, I received the oh-so humbling blessing and admonishment of my son’s reckless, limitless, joyful obedience and the pure love and support of his family, our church family, wrap around us and rejoice with us.
When I asked Tru why he wanted to be baptized, he told me, “Because I love God, and I want to show Him.” It was that simple. It IS that simple, and limitless, and hopeful, and transformative, and joyous to love God, and show Him that we love Him!
Beverly Hall (Mom of Truman, Tessa, Brenna, and Elinor)