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A Letter to Aiden, My Beloved Son, On the Day of His Baptism

ImageSon,

I’m writing this to you in the quietness of morning as you sleep. You’ve made the decision to be baptized, and today is the big day!

From the time you were old enough to speak I trained you to respond to me in a certain way whenever I said a specific phrase to you. I know you’ll recognize this:

Daddy: “Aiden, you are my beloved son.”

Aiden’s Reply: “with whom you are well pleased.”

While I know you probably always chalked this up as just another quirky thing about your daddy I want you to know why I did that and why this day is so significant to me.

Since before you were born I dreamed about who you’d become. Every parent does. I knew that the Lord wanted to use you in a big way to Worship Him and make His name famous! Oh, how we rejoiced the day you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and savior in Mrs. Henry’s kindergarten class. That was the day you said “YES” to God…Your only perfect father. This was an act of faith.

Jesus’ first act of obedience to his Father before beginning his ministry was to be baptized. He immediately told His followers that they too should do the same. He knew that our Faith in Him is strengthened in obedience.

The other day I asked you why you wanted to get baptized and it thrilled my soul when you simply answered, “Because Jesus told me to.”

I marveled at your faith.

You don’t have to get baptized to be saved, but you must get baptized to be obedient.

“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 2:16-17

While God will have to work out the whole descending dove thing today, I wanted to be sure you realized what a joy it is to watch you walking in obedience to our Lord Jesus more and more every day!!!

Aiden, you are my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased! I am so proud of you!

Love,

Daddy