Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Last weekend we had the opportunity to dedicate our son Weston (8 mos old) to the Lord at a special Saturday brunch that our church held. It was such a special day for our family and I want to share it with you!
A parent-child dedication is a special time where the parents stand together with their pastor, family and friends to publicly commit to pray for their child, love their child and raise their children to know the Lord. This is something that took place in the Bible - Jesus himself was dedicated!
In Luke chapter 2, Jesus was dedicated to the Lord at just 8 days old...
Luke 2:21-22 Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.
In 1 Samuel, Hannah dedicated her son to the Lord...
1 Samuel 1:27I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.Now I am giving him to theLord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And theyworshiped the Lord there.
When our son Wyatt was two we had him dedicated as well. What a precious time both dedications were to us as parents and to our families! I am so thankful that our families have committed to standing beside us as we raise our children in a Godly home. We understand that we can't force our childrens' faith or salvation. God gave each of us a choice who we will follow in our lives and that is our childrens' right as well. But you'd better believe that I will teach my children about His love, His forgiveness and His sacrifice to us. I will do my best to live my life as an example of my faith to them and lay a foundation for them that they can build on when they are old enough to make their own choices.
Check out the 10 Commandments to Parents below, I thought it was neat!