As a follow up to my post about the Mystery of Baptism - I wanted to include a few thoughts about how to engage your children and family in this wonderful sacrament.
Washing your child by hand when they are at their filthiest is a powerful lesson - a sacrament of grace and the Lord's presence - for you and for your child.
Bring your full awareness of your own baptism and of the cross to bath time every once in a while. Occasionally remind your child, "When you are this filthy - it is my joy and my duty to clean you well with my own hands." This is, after all, exactly what the Lord says to you when you come to Him for forgiveness. It was His response at your salvation.
When you wash your child, enter the mind of God and connect with His joy at cleansing you. What is it He whispers to you as you are cleaned? Can you say this to your child? Can you give him or her a seed experience that, while it may not make sense yet, will one day blossom into an experience to help them engage the mystery of their salvation and baptism?
"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow" Psalm 51:7