Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ups and Downs

This morning we headed to the church for Gregory’s Baptism at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.  Family and friends filled five pews and Gregory was in a good mood.  

The baptism was to take place during the 10:30am mass… after the first reading, the choir started to sing.

But something didn’t sound right.  The choir staggered to a stop and people turned to the back of the church.  A man was gasping for breath.  Father AJ asked, “Is there a nurse or doctor in the church?”  Our friend, Sally, was one of the three nurses to assist. 

CPR was given to the church member, Clifford.  Father AJ lead the congregation in prayers for Clifford and his family.  People were crying.  Father AJ asked for a moment of silence and prayers as the ambulance arrived.  Father AJ came up to our pew and said he wouldn’t be able to continue with the service and if it would be ok to postpone the baptism.  Of course we understood. 

There was such sadness in the church.  It was in the air.  Sally came up to me as the congregation left the church and said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve come to church to pray and you put me to work!”  (She’s a retired RN.)  Sally made me smile, which is a gift in such a moment.

Even though we didn’t have the baptism that morning, we asked our family and friends to still meet at our home for the celebration of our son’s first birthday.  It helped having family and friends to lift the spirits.  Greg and I counted 31 guests for our son’s first birthday!  How awesome to feel such love for our little boy.

Upset because I took the cupcake away.  Lol

Around 1:30, Father AJ called us on Greg’s cell.  Greg asked about Clifford and sadly, we learned that he passed away.  Father AJ asked about rescheduling the baptism and asked about this afternoon.  Greg said, “If you want to schedule it for another weekend, we completely understand.”  Father AJ responded, “I think I need the baptism to end this day on a high note.” 

I thought for sure Gregory would scream during the baptism.  But he was so well behaved!  Not one cry and he didn’t mind Father AJ holding him. 

It was a crazy day of ups and downs.  This is life.  This is love.  This is loss.  This is rebirth in baptism.  In case I haven’t told you, I love you.  I appreciate you.  Thank you for your love and for loving my son.  Thank you for your friendship and kindness and support.  You’re precious.




Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

Happy Birthday to your truly adorable son. All babies are cute, but Gregory is just extra-cute!!
I'm sorry about the loss of your fellow church member. What a sad thing, but I'm glad you were still able to celebrate Gregory's special day.

Mari said...

What a day of ups and downs. I'm so sorry for the loss of a fellow church member. I'm glad you were able to have the baptism. Gregory was as cute as ever!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Clifford, may peace be with his family. Our time on this earth is limited. Father AJ was very wise in suggesting that the baptism be held later that day. I am sure Clifford would be happy to know that Gregory's birthday and baptism was celebrated as it should have been.

Cheryl said...

What a day!! Who could of imagined his baptismal day would be shrouded by such an unfortunate event? Very sad but I agree with the Father, that by going ahead with the baptism at least something good came out of the day. Congrats on the baptism of your little guy. So very cute.

catskillblogger said...

Sorry about your fellow church member, very sad. Glad though that the party and baptisim went well!

Natalie said...

Awww happy birthday and baptism! I am sorry though for the loss of your fellow church member...prayers for his family!

S.I.F. said...

So sorry for the loss on what should have otherwise been such a happy day. :( But your pictures are adorable!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

It's been quite a year for you all. While I'm sorry for the loss of Clifford, it sounds as if the baptism was a extra special blessing for all involved.

speculationsimpressed said...

I'm so sorry to find about the other perisher.

It does look like you all have a good time at your home. Poor Gregory though. You took his cupcake away from him. I'm on his side. {lol}