Friday, June 27, 2014

Faith Milestone- Faith Chest- Telling Our Story

Before we were born- God began our story.
Baptism claims us a part of the family.
God wants everyone in His family.

We are called to know our story.
So we can tell our story.
 Because our story brings Him Glory.

The items placed in a Faith Chest 
become the pieces that help
us tell our story.
When a Baptism birthday is celebrated- 
the family can light the Baptism candle, 
show the pictures and tell the story.

The story and prayers of parents,
 grandparents and sponsors 
can be read to the child.
 Who was there?
What happened that day?
What are the prayers for this child?

As they get older- the child can tell the story.

An age- appropriate Baptism book can be read.

Water Come Down

Come Right In- You're Home

It might also be a great time to give another
Faith- tending book in honor of the Baptism birthday.
Some choices for younger children
can be found on this Pinterest board.

Families in faith- Books

Our Baptism story is a life long journey.
Our church began to honor this important 
Faith Milestone
with a postcard reminder mailed to each person 
before their special day.

I love hearing the story of one of the first recipients
 of a Faith Chest at our church.
Keihly can hardly wait for her Baptism birthday.
It is a time to unpack the loved treasures
 that help to tell her story-
about what God is doing in her life,
how the Holy Spirit is part of her daily walk.

Another family tells the story
 of a challenging day for their child.
In a moment to reset,
 the child stated-
"If it is OK,
 I think I need to be reminded 
of my Baptism right now-
I am going to get my Faith Chest-
 and tell the story."

These are the stories-
  that tell how to use the TOOLS-
the reminders, 
of God in our daily life living.

As the story unfolds-
memory-keeping items can be added for 
First Communion, Confirmation,
and Wedding.

For we have been encouraged:

1 Peter 3:15

15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
 who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
 But do this with gentleness and respect,

So- in your story-
What is the Holy Spirit 
doing in your life right now?

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