In Touch – October 20, 2012
Posted on October 20, 2012 by under Touché,

 Two Babies and a Baptism

It is with sadness we said our earthly goodbye to two young babies these past two weeks.

Johnny and Eunyoung Park-Sim received the gift of Yera, who was born 10/6 at 7:00 am. (Yera means Jesus’ Kingdom).  Johnny writes: “She was the most beautiful baby, a great gift received from God. She was on Mommy’s chest until she went to heaven. Eunyoung was singing a song while Yera was ready to be received in God’s hand. God opened Eunyoung’s vision to see angels preparing Yera’s new place in heaven. We have received this Bible verse during this difficult time:  Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:20-22).  Johnny has asked that we honor their Korean tradition of giving the mother three weeks without receiving visitors or having phone contact.  The family appreciates the prayers that are offered.

Today we had a funeral for Emma Grace Zingel (Barlow).  Emma was a miracle baby who survived multiple times when it looked like she would not. Last Sunday after sharing with joy in the morning service that Emma was home with mother and father at Dave and Carol’s home, her lungs stopped working and she died on the way to Albany.  To see such a small casket in the church today breaks everyone’s heart.

As the church comes around these families in grief we recognize the hope of the gospel—that   as Jesus says “Let the children come to me, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven,” so Yera and Emma are part of that great cloud of witnesses that surround us.

It is with joy that we will celebrate this Sunday at the river the baptism of Jane Basso.  Jane celebrates new life in Christ and will share how her life has been totally transformed through her relationship with Christ.

It might seem challenging to move from such sadness to such joy as a church, but when you hear the confidence in the providence of God that Johnny and Eunyoung share, and the comfort that is extended by the people of God to the Barlow/Zingel family, we recognize the power and the promise of what we confess in baptism: that we are brought into a new family in Christ,  a family that lasts forever.  The church is the place that we live into some of the most joyful truths of our existence and deal with some of the most challenging sorrows that come our way.

This weekend we are reminded that nothing in all of creation will ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord;  I rejoice that I am a part of such a place.

In Hope, Taylor