I was at a christening today for a very handsome wee man (the son of a colleague). It was in a wonderful old church and was a christening outside the usual church service.
I cried through it…in the way most people would with weddings.
Christenings are seen as celebrations, but as I listen to the words and understand the promises in faith that are made, I weep at the commitment made by his parents and godparents to raise him in a faith community.
Quakers don’t do sacraments such as christenings, those we see as outward signs rather than an inward movement of the Spirit. However, I can admire and understand the desire to welcome a child (or adult) into a faith community.
Welcome wee man to a community of Faith