Last year my wife and I were overjoyed to welcome our second daughter into the world. At her baptism, my twin brother made a baptism log. He carved a cross and dove into a birch log. (The home we grew up in had a birch tree in front of the house). On top of the log are the baptism stats. A gift we truly cherish.
This baptism log sits on our coffee table. As I’m working from home, the baptism log is sitting on our coffee table next to me. Curious, I picked it up and turned it around to see the dove. Just now I noticed there is a heart sticker on the dove!
What a pleasant surprise!
My first-born daughter got into the extra heart stickers we had laying around, and she put a sticker on the dove!
Love and baptism—right in the verses where Jesus was baptized:
As Jesus came up out of the water after being baptized, the heavens opened up, the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove and the Father’s voice from heaven declared, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”Matthew 3:16–17
And from the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations:
Just as God announced at Jesus’ baptism that this was His beloved Son, so now in our Baptism He announces that we, too, are His beloved children.The Theology and Practice of Holy Baptism — Recommendation Letter with Report (November 2018)