Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gabriel, I dare you to move

Tomorrow Gabriel is getting baptized, and I couldn't be more full of joy! 

In some respects, I really feel like Gabriel's baptism is Michael and I's first big step toward raising our son to be a man of God. I also feel like it's another big step for me in my own vocation as a mother. 

"Dare You to Move" is one of my favorite songs from Switchfoot. This song has so much of the message I would like to tell my little son on his baptism day. 

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Everybody's watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before 

Just like this song says, we are all living "in the fallout" and "resistance." I have always viewed a vocation to motherhood as the chance to make a powerful difference in a violent and lost world. I think of all of the people my children will have the chance to touch with their lives, and I feel that raising great people is the hardest but most fruitful mission God can bless us with.

My little boy is receiving both a membership and a mission tomorrow. A membership into the fold of the Catholic Church and into the wider community of Christians. He is also receiving his primary mission and vocation in life: to live and love as Christ in the world. 

Gabriel, I dare you to move, to walk hand in hand with God all the days of your life. (But since you're not even sitting up by yourself yet, I dare you to see what it's like to sleep for more than three hours at a time. Really, it's quite rejuvenating.)

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