Sunday, November 29, 2015
On Sunday, November 29, 2015, we participated in the Parent and Child Dedication service at our church, Northridge. For those who may not know what a "Dedication" is, it's a commitment that we, as parents, are making, to lead our son spiritually as he grows up and teach him to know and love Jesus Christ. We are committed to being examples of Christ to him and teaching him God's Word, the Bible. Through prayer (lots and lots of prayer) and doing our best to teach Marshall about the Lord, our single most important desire that he will one day accept Jesus into his heart, love God more than anyone or anything, and serve him with his life. If that's the only thing we accomplish as parents, we will have succeeded.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
It's also a way for us to publicly acknowledge that Marshall is a gift from God, and to thank Him for entrusting us with the honor of being his parents. One year ago I was quite pregnant and waiting with much anticipation for our little boy to arrive. I never could have dreamed of the beautiful boy God would bless us with who fills our life with so much joy!
We were one of about 14 families at our service, but there were a total of about 50 families participating at all locations. I love the way our pastor and our church supports parents and encourages them to be the primary influence on their children. What I didn't know, until we received our gift bag, was that a letter was included for Marshall to open after he makes his own commitment to Jesus and is baptized. I think that is such a wonderful gift!
Many of our closest family and friends were there to witness and support us, which was extremely special. We had a celebration afterwards and Marshall enjoyed all the attention. It was wonderful to be surrounded by our loved ones on this special day.
It's certainly not easy being a parent. I'm so thankful for grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends that are part of our circle, cheering us on and encouraging us.
Just as your cake said, Jesus loves you, Marshall, and so do we! May you know how much God loves you, and love Him in return, all the days of your life.