We have always been strong believers in baby dedications.  We take a baby before the church in a short, simple ceremony.  The dedication serves several purposes:  First, we, as parents, take the opportunity to thank God for blessing us with the gift of our baby, secondly, we symbolically offer our child up before God as we promise to do our best to love and raise this child in a Christian home.  Thirdly, it is an opportunity for us to come together as a family with the pastor and the church members and ask them to come together to help us as parents, by being mentors, supporters, and accountability partners in parenting, as needed.  The pastor makes a small speech, then offers up a prayer that the protective hand of God would be on our child, and that He would give us guidance as parents to raise this child according to His will. 
.
Our first two children were dedicated in a little church where we were stationed at the time.  Our third child was dedicated in FL.  Due to a set of circumstances, we were unable to dedicate little N in our current church, so we payed a visit to our old church where JR and M were dedicated.  We have a wonderful relationship with the pastor and his wife –almost like our “west coast family.”  They have been some of our best mentors, and seeing as how they have 5 grown children all involved in ministry, they obviously know a bit about raising children for the Lord.  So, long story, short, “PaPaw” agreed to dedicate little N during one of our visits there. 
Presenting our baby up before the church membership

Presenting our baby up before the church membership

"Ma-maw" joined us as our "extended family" for the day

"Ma-maw" joined us as our "extended family" for the ceremony

The pastor (known to the kids as "Pa-paw") dedicating little N.

The pastor (known to the kids as "Pa-paw") dedicating little N.

I love baby dedications.  I just feel it is such a Biblical picture of how a body of believers can come together in unity and help each other raise and train our children to be the God-fearing, Christ-following, Bible-believing, next generation.   It is wonderful to know we do not have to approach this parenting thing alone, but that we have the resources of Biblical guidance and fellow Christians to turn to when needed.  Each time we are blessed with a new child, I always eagerly anticipate this opportunity.

Advertisements