Voice of the Day: Henry Nouwen

There is a reason the congregation vows to help raise a child during the baptismal liturgy:

“But children are not properties we can control as a puppeteer controls his puppets, or train as a lion tamer trains his lions. They are guests we have to respond to, not possessions we are responsible for. Many parents question the value of baptism of newborn babies. But one important aspect of early baptism is that when the parents bring their child to the church, they are reminded that the child is not their own private property, but a gift of God given to a community that is much larger than the immediate family.” — Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Spiritual Movements

Hat Tip: Phil Hamner