Monday, July 20, 2009

A very small thing...

Today I baptized a little baby. I'm not usually in the practice of such things, but it was an emergency. He was only alive for a few minutes, just long enough to feel the waters of baptism flow over his head. He was very small, yet seemingly perfect to the casual observer. Mom was surprisingly calm, almost grateful, to see the little one before he died. We carefully placed him in a little satin blanket made by someone somewhere who wanted to make sure that the little ones have pretty blankets to be swaddled in while their mothers grieve.

I had quickly grabbed a Styrofoam cup near the sink in the treatment room, filled it with tap water, and spoke these words as the water flowed over his head three times: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." That simple...and baby quietly died.

In a small room, in a little hospital in an old rust belt city, on a hum-drum Monday afternoon, while the world went about its business, a little baby was born, died and rose again in the waters of baptism, and went home to Jesus all in the span of just a few short moments. Few will ever know, but I will remember. Baby, pray for me!


  1. "Today I baptized a little baby." Wow.

  2. Praised be Jesus Christ!
    Now and forever!

    Now that little baby will be praying for you and all of your emergency room emergencies!
    Ask the baby to intercede for you..
    You have friends in high places!

  3. What a story. Thanx for sharing.

    God bless you.

  4. that was so beautiful honey. so sorry you lost another one. I love you.

  5. God Bless you! What a beautiful experience.
    And what a celebration there must have been in heaven! :)

  6. How sad, yet how beautiful. Maybe your gesture will give that poor mother something positive to remember from her tragic loss.

    Thank you for doing that.


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