Simon was baptized today. Here is the blessing Rick gave him during the worship service.
Simon, your name means, “he has heard,” and our hope is that you hear the call of God to repent and be reconciled to Him in Christ. We hope you hear and heed Christ’s words in Luke 10 where He tells us the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,” because out of this will flow joy and peace, and all the fruit of His Spirit. We pray the Lord will make you as a tree planted by streams of living water able to withstand the onslaught of an unfaithful society (Ps 1). We love you son and continually ask the Lord to grant you all the Spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus (Eph 1) our Lord. May the Lord be with you powerfully throughout your entire life!
We were so thankful to have all of our families present with us. I love Sims' baptism gown because Rick's mom bought it when her first grandson was to be baptized and now she's had 5 grandsons baptized in it. What a blessing! She also has the name of each grandson and their baptism date monogrammed on the slip. So now, Simon's name will be next to his brothers' and cousins': William, Samuel, Henry, John and Simon.