"It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'" Mark 1: 9-11
Is there another word out there as evocative as the word "beloved"? It is love, but more than love, it is one who is loved, one surrounded by, wrapped in, love. How fitting, then that this was the word used by God at Jesus' baptism. Jesus, of course, had no need of baptism, and yet God saw fit to open the heavens at that moment, making it clear to all present that this was not only His very own Son, but his Beloved Son.
Isabel was baptized last weekend, and in that moment we, as parents and godparents, were afforded the opportunity to say to her, as God does, "You are my beloved daughter, with whom we are well pleased." If this is the message that Isabel receives most strongly and clearly throughout her life, that she is beloved of God and of us, then we have done well by her as parents.