This post is going to be a real stretch. Yesterday, we saved the birds on our front porch from falling out of their nest . The nest was in danger and we as "Godparents" took care of the situation and now we will have five new birds in our garden this summer. We allowed the birds to build on our porch and we will look out for them till they are on their own.
Having said that....here we go. At Mass last night, we had a baptism. The parents were first parents...all fresh and sweet with their tiny treasure in their arms. His name is Colten. Our Priest and Colten's family were at the back of the Church and Father introduced the couple and their baby to the congregation. They all came down the aisle while we sang the processional hymn. They had reserved seating in the front of the Church. The Dad came in with the baby carrier, blankets, diaper bag, pacifier in hand, looking kind of like a pack mule. He walked behind the Mother who was beaming...holding this bundle. The Godparents were following the couple and their family came last. It was time for the ceremony and they stood proudly by the font while our Priest did the ceremony. At the end a candle was lit...this is to be lit at each of Colten's birthdays to remind him of his baptism. Colten was held up for all to see. Father said, "Good boy." Not a sound from this precious baby. After they all sat down our Priest turned to the God parents and said, "I always tell this story at baptisms ..When I was a boy, I called my Bishop and told him that I wanted to change my Godparents. They haven't been there for me...I don't even know who they are." The Bishop told him that it was impossible to do. His Godparents were the ones that he would always have...good or bad. Father turned to the Godparents and, chuckling while saying this, "Godparents do your job....be there for this boy, so he doesn't have to call the Bishop and ask for new Godparents." The jobs of Godparents are pretty much this:
1. Pray for your godchild regularly
2. Set an example of Christian living
3. Help him/her to grow in the faith of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
4. Give every encouragement to follow Christ.
They should be present for important days in Colten's life...birthdays, holidays, graduations..etc.
I like the fact that Godparents in our Church are really an important part of a child's life. It's good for children to have many people in their lives to count on. Remember...It takes a village?
Back to the birdies on the porch...they are OK this morning after a very stormy night. We got a lot of rain and Laddie spent part of the night cowering in the closet digging a safe place in the carpet to lie down. Even with his hearing loss....he senses storms and is terrified. It's morning now and he feels safe...the rain is still coming down and we are supposed to have a rainy Sunday. I heard a song last night on the Barbra Streisand special...This is going to make this post very long....but I wanted to remember the song for myself...so I'm putting part of it it here.
Careful the things you say/ Children will listen
Careful the things you say.. Children will listen
Careful the things you do.. Children will see and learn
Children may not obey.. But children will listen
Children will look to you.. For which way to turn
To learn how to be Careful before you say... Listen to me... Children will listen
Careful the things you say.. Careful the tale you tell.. Children will listen.
I hope you all have a great Sunday. It's my youngest son's 41st birthday today. I did my best to be careful of the things I said... and I know he listened. He's a genuinely kind person and a super Dad. Happy Birthday, John.
An addition: We saw the first hummingbird at our feeder at dinner time today! The earliest sighting here for me.