Peppered throughout our congregation are people who were present at the baptisms of infants. These people answered “I will, God helping me,” to the promise of providing spiritual care, guidance, and support for these precious little ones. They rocked them in the nursery, signed on to be prayer partners, taught church school, teased the kids and joked with them over coffee and orange drink in the MPR, volunteered in our youth programs, and bridged generational divides to build lasting relationships.
Now it is May, and these people are receiving invitations to graduation celebrations. Because they’ve earned a lasting place in the lives of these young people. Because now, more than ever, parents are clinging to the promises that were made at baptisms long ago.