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Baptizing My Daughter

Tonight I had the honor of baptizing my six year old daughter. She has been asking spiritual questions for a few years now, and my wife has been doing a great job of answering them at my daughter’s level of understanding. About two years ago (when she was four) is when she first clearly understood the meaning of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection…that is when she chose to accept His payment for her sins. We have been amazed at her level of understanding of spiritual things and the way she is able to articulate spiritual truths.

The video below is from her baptism tonight. It took place at the church we have been attending in Minnesota, The Church of the Open Door. It was a really neat experience for both of us. Most of our words that we spoke are pretty clear, but I have transcribed them below so that all of the words can be understood.

Marybeth’s initial statement:

At Florida, my teachers at Sunday School told me Jesus died on the cross to get rid of our sins. And then I started thinking about him, worshipping him, then we got together.

My statement before baptizing her:

In case you can’t tell, she’s a little bit excited about this.

Marybeth, it has been a joy for me to watch you grow both physically and spiritually. I am so glad that when you learned about what Jesus did for you that you chose to accept his payment for your sins. You are not just my daughter…you are also my sister in Christ.

And now, because you have acknowledged Jesus as your Savior and want to obey His command to be baptized, it is my honor and pleasure to baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

It was the pastor who made the statement at the end, "Is she for rent."

April 8, 2009 - Posted by | family, Jesus, kids, video


  1. It was lovely to meet your family, and to witness this beautiful experience that will live deeply in Marybeth’s soul…and possibly mine. God’s blessings to you in this sweet season.

    Comment by Julia | April 9, 2009

  2. Three cheers for Christian Daddys (and mommies) who take the time to lead their little ones on the path to Christ.
    What a beautiful moment to share. May the Lord continue to give you both wisdom and patience to train up your children in the way they should go. Blessings

    Comment by bethsciallo | April 9, 2009

  3. Congrats!

    Comment by Rod Trent | April 9, 2009

  4. MaryBeth we are all so proud of you! Amazing job sweetie, we are sooooo proud of you but more importantly God is proud of the stand you are taking for Him! LOVE YOU and can’t wait to see you soon!!

    Comment by Aunt Beth | April 10, 2009

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