Hands up I am a Liverpool fan (and not just because they are amazing right now). But even just as a person I found the video of Bobby Firminio’s baptism so moving. There was so much about it.
I loved Alisson Becker (Liverpool’s goalkeeper) standing beside his friend and team mate, the joy you could see in his expressions and the sense that he used those safe hands to baptise his friend. Probably lots in their about hands of salvation! He isn’t just a goalkeeper but a lot more, he didn’t just say that’s not my job but had jumped in the pool and was doing something amazing.
I loved that Bobby was surrounded by his friends and family, his first hug of his wife, right there with him sharing this experience. Family is so important and whether that is who we were born to or who we have adopted into those roles doesn’t matter, it’s those precious people who are part of us.
Colleagues, team, family, friends gathered together because our faith walk is not alone although the choices we make are. Looking at the comments on his Instagram were fans, supporters, those he’d never met and some BIG names in football and media celebrating this day and decision with him. I may not have quite such sparkly names and faces around me but I am so grateful for those who walk with me – even when I have felt alone it’s good to remember I am not. Roberto Firminio Baptism