Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Piper's Dedication Ceremony

I am behind on so many updates for you guys, it's not even funny. I have so much I want to share and it seems like I have so little time to do so. Summer does that to us.

Today, I want to share with you one of the best things that happened in the past month and that was when we dedicated Piper at our new church at Grace. 

Piper was dedicated on May 21, 2017.

If you're wondering what a child dedication service is, I think the best way for me to explain it would be to just share some of the information outlined on Grace Church's website.
"There's no Biblical mandate to dedicate your baby or child. However, we do see examples of child dedication in the Bible. In 1 Samuel 1:27–28, a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. God answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words: "For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord." In Luke 2, we see Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple to have him dedicated as well. In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God. The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God's plan for how a parent should raise up a child: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publically, through a child dedication ceremony.
Why don’t we baptize babies? People arrive at Grace from many faith traditions and varied spiritual journeys. Most Christian traditions have some ritual that responds to the spiritual magnitude of a new baby coming into the world. Some traditions baptize infants while others dedicate newborns. We believe baptism is only for those who have made a conscious decision to follow Jesus.
What are some of the responsibilities of a Christian Parent? When a parent dedicates their child they commit to doing everything they can to raise a child to love God. This includes: • Praying for the child (Job 1:5) • Setting a godly example (Proverbs 20:7) • Attempting to discipline them in a way that helps them understand how God lovingly disciplines us (Proverbs 29:15,17) • Involving the child in GraceKids. (No... there’s no scriptural support for this. But its a good idea.) • Taking the lead in the child’s spiritual development (Deuteronomy 6:5-6) • Inviting God into the process.
We can’t do this on our own. (Philippians 4:13). How will Grace help? By providing: Biblical training that helps family members of all ages know, serve, and love Jesus. • Men’s and women’s support groups that parents connect with other parents and grow spiritually. • Periodic classes to equip parents with helpful skills. • Pastoral support as needed to address specific issues." - Source /

In a nutshell, during the child dedication service, Nick and I declared, before our family and church, that we would raise Piper up to know Jesus. It was such a special occasion for our family, and we were so happy to have most of our immediate family by our side on this day.

Not pictured but present was my dad, stepmom and my siblings on that side.

During the service, alongside us were my mom, stepdad and little brother Evan. Both Piper and Evan got dedicated on that morning. It was really special for us all.

At the end, all of our family came up to pray around us. In those moments of prayer, I could feel God's love surrounding us. I couldn't be more thankful for our family, and now our new church family, too. God is good and I am so looking forward to sharing God's love with Piper in every way I can.

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