Raising Godly Children Starts at Infancy

May 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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When I was asked to photograph Ethan Anthony's christening (http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/ethananthony), I didn't know what to expect. What I experienced was nothing less than precious and heartfelt! The pastor formerly announced his name and asked his parents, Phillip and Misha, why they picked Ethan Anthony and what that name means to them. Their pastor offered parents, god parents, grandparents and great grandparents to say a blessing over him. A few tissues were passed around as they tearfully expressed their hopes and dreams for a baby only a few months old. With family and friends in attendance, the pastor then asked each of them to say one word to describe what they hope Ethan Anthony will receive or who they hope he would become.  Words like "caring," "loving," and "prosperity" were given as words of blessing. As a photographer, I was just hired to document a special event, and I wasn't expecting to be included in a ceremony meant for close family and friends. So, when the pastor gestured to me to offer my word, I was surprised but delighted to participate in such a sweet moment. To conclude the God-centered ceremony, the pastor lifted tiny Ethan Anthony up to heaven to symbolically give him back to God as his parents committed to raise their son in a Christian home as godly stewards of this little baby boy God had given them. Thanks, Phillip and Misha, for allowing me to be a part of this lovely milestone for your son. 

 


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