Last Sunday was Anna's baby dedication at church. It was a special time for us to publicly commit to do what we had already committed to in our hearts in regard to raising Anna. It was also a special time for our church to pray for her, and to commit to serving along-side us in raising Anna to know God and to love Him with all of her heart.
Here are the questions we answered in the affirmative when asked by our pastor:
1. Do you this morning recognize this child as a gift from God and give heartfelt thanks to Him?
2. Do you promise to make it your regular prayer that, by God’s grace, your child will come to trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of his/her sins and for the fulfillment of all His promises to him/her, especially His promise of eternal life?
3. Do you promise as parents that you will bring up your child “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord,” making every reasonable effort, with patience and love, to build the Word of God, the character of Christ and the joy of the Lord into his/her life?
4. Do you this morning acknowledge your need for help in this responsibility and will you humbly and wisely look to the strength of your own heavenly Father and the support of God’s people especially in the local church?
5. Do you recognize that this child belongs to God and therefore is to be freely given to His service and do you, with that in mind, present him/her to the Lord this morning?
I must admit that number 5 is the one that I have to struggle with the most - to truly give my children over to God, to His service, whatever He may ask of them. But I know that they are not mine to begin with, they belong to God, and are on a type of loan to us. It is sobering to think of the responsibility we have as Hope and Anna's parents. We really do want to please the Lord and to hear "well done" when they are grown. And we love them, and know that whatever God has planned for them is best.
Our pastor saying a dedication over Anna: "Anna Charlotte Rogers, together with your parents, who love you dearly, and this people who care about the outcome of your faith, I dedicate you to God, surrendering together with them all worldly claims upon your life, in the hope that you will belong wholly to God forever."