Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

The Joy of Restoration June 1, 2014

Something pretty special happened today. I know I’ve said so before, but it really is a shame they don’t let four-legged friends into that place called church. Because today my dear baby Carter was baptized. He was made new. While I say he’s been one all along, he “officially” became Jesus’ little lamb.

All of this apparently happened at that place called church, so I had to rely on the stories and photos afterward to learn of what occurred. It sounds like it was really something. Carter didn’t cry or babble or squeak (it’s a high-pitched bird-like sound he discovered he could make recently). Instead he smiled. He smiled while the congregation sang songs of praise. He smiled at people in other pews. And he smiled as the pastor baptized him.

This was somewhat a miracle since I know the time of day this all happened is usually his (and my) mid-morning nap time. But instead he did what he does best. He shared joy. He did it at church and at home later (after his nap).

Happiness All of that preparation on the table cloths yesterday was unnecessary, since the party took to the backyard. God smiled on our day with plenty of beautiful sunshine and warmth. And the 12 pounds of pork? It turned out perfectly. I may have gotten a sample (or two) from a few family members whose identities will be protected.

So there we were, all together for the first time since baby Carter was born. Mom’s family and dad’s families came together in one place to celebrate the joy of restoration. I know they weren’t there to see me, but having everyone together like this in my backyard paradise brought me the sincerest of restorative joy.

Something pretty special happened today. I still say they should have let me come to the church. But alas, the meaning behind the day takes center stage in my heart whether or not I was there to witness it. Because I witnessed the aftermath. Joy. From the ground up, it was realized by my beloved forever family today. And in doing so it brought to life my belief that faith restores us, and in turn restores the world to the way it was intended to be.

Check out Carter and mom in church: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=576672457867&l=121c4add20


8 Responses to “The Joy of Restoration”

  1. kiwiskan Says:

    a beautiful day to share…

  2. huntmode Says:

    It is wonderful to hear of everyone’s joy today. Ella is now asking me to tell her the story of when Wiley got to eat pork….

  3. Lyn Says:

    Just wonderful, Wiles. You’re a well behaved dog, I can’t see the problem with you going to church on such a special occasion. Praying that Carter will be blessed by God all his life.

  4. utesmile Says:

    What a lovely day with all the families together, I can imagine what a joyful day it was and how Carter contributed with his smiles. Just fantastic!

  5. Deborah Says:

    Thanks, WIley, for sharing all the special news of such a great day! Congratulations to Carter and your forever family. 🙂

  6. What a wonderful day for everyone. You are a good conspirator to protect the family members who shared their food. Mom will try to look at the pictures on her laptop later. They won’t come to her iPad.

    Love and licks,

  7. Basil Says:

    Well done on scoring some pork!! Glad you had a lovely day

  8. Oh I guessed it that you will have guests and it even was such a special day for Carter. That’s really a wonderful and a magic moment.

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