Family and friends showed up in the usual rowdy fashion. I got that old nervous feeling that we might get into trouble or insult someone for making so much noise inside the church. That passed rather quickly though as I saw that the laughter, the hugs, the kisses and the play were nothing short of heavenly. We, as a community, were lifting all that joy up to God. It just kept getting better and better: the neighbor kids embracing one another; my nephew playing with dad between, under and over the pews; my young cousins reuniting and lining up excited and thrilled to be together in one long row; the priest processing in with both families of the soon to be baptized children to the tune of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”; the proud Godparents smiling down at my beautiful nephew as the sacrament of baptism was performed; the sign of the cross being made on my nephew’s teensy two year old forehead by his parents, godparents, grandparents, aunts and big sister; my 3 ½ year old niece making the sign of the cross on her brother’s forehead with no knowledge of what that meant, but displaying all its depth with her simple desire to share the moment with him; both my niece and nephew crawling all over the pews, trying to be quiet and watching their brother take the spotlight (they don’t like that one bit!). All of it was just so beautiful. Then, to really bring it all home, the priest raised my nephew up in front of the altar, nice and high, over his head in awesome celebration. We all swooned and awed at the magnificence of our newest family member. A feeling of limitless love filled me as I shared all of this with my dearest of family and friends.
I got such great camera shots of all of this. I mean, great shots. I was really on top of it. People were posing for me, asking for a copy to be sent to them later on, and giving me thumbs up as I clicked away. And then I realized, there was no memory card in the camera. I had taken it out that morning to print some pictures for house decorations for the reception after the ceremony. This is one of those cameras that does NOT save any pictures on the hard drive. They just don’t exist. So bummed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had pictures of all those moments digitally captured! I was so sad and apologized profusely to just about everyone. Of course, they all said it was no big deal and we’d just collect shots of the day from a bunch of other folks and make a collection. Okay, I agreed, but mine were so good!! Hahahaha.
|For lack of words... or pictures!|
Now that a few days have passed and I look back on Sunday, I just know I do not need pictures to remember the inspiring love I felt inside that church. In fact, the power of it seems to have grown. What a gift to have my spirit so lifted. There is no picture that could capture that. It is magnificent, awesome, beautiful and infinite. My heart and spirit are so full, and they will remember that day forever.