A couple of weeks ago our church had a baby dedication, there were 7 families that participated! Our church family was such a huge support to us during our journey to getting pregnant and it was a special day to celebrate all the new babies.
Since then, I have had several people ask me exactly what a baby dedication is. Basically, it is the parents commitment before the God to raise their child according to God’s Word and God’s ways. The parents are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully until they can make a decision on their own to follow God.
Another part of the dedication is encourage the congregation/witnesses to pledge their support to the parents to assist in the spiritual development of their child. As witnesses to the dedication service, the church members and family members pledge to offer guidance to the child and agree to be a resource to the parents. As we all know, it takes a village to raise a child, and it is nice to know we have our parents and church family to support us in time of need.
Each family chose a picture of their child and a verse. Here’s what we chose for Jacob…
This is one of my favorite pictures of him. It is not by any means a technically perfect photo, it was taken with my iPhone and it is a little fuzzy. But it is, what I’ve learned in my photography class, an emotionally perfect photo. I love the look in his eyes and the smile he is giving, while it is fuzzy, it has a strong emotion with it and sometimes an emotionally perfect photo is better than a technically perfect photo.
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. – 1 Samuel 1:27-28 (NIV)