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Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby Dedication!

Yesterday we had the wonderful privilege of having our daughter, Aubrey, dedicated at church. A lot of folks would understand that to mean (what they would know of) as infant baptism. For us at our church we believe that baptism is to be reserved for those who have come to faith in Christ at a time in their lives when they fully understand that they are in need of a life change, where there is repentance sought and a commitment made to Christ and therefore desire to be baptized - that then is what we would then call, Believer's Baptism.

As parents we were charged to:

  • recognize Aubrey as a gift from God and to give heartfelt thanks for God's wonderful blessing.
  • dedicate Aubrey to the Lord who gave her to us, to surrender all worldly claims upon her life in the hope that she will belong wholly to God.
  • pledge as parents, with God's fatherly help to bring her up 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 her life.
  • provide for Aubrey's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs, looking to our own Heavenly Father for wisdom, love and strength, to help in setting a godly example of purity, humility and servant hood.
  • make it our regular prayer that by God's grace Aubrey will come to trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of her sins even unto eternal life, and that in this faith Aubrey will follow Jesus as Lord and obey his teachings

A charge given and signed by our Pastors... along with a pink BIBLE inscribed with her name... a certificate of Dedication... and the sheer pleasure of having Grandma and several of her aunts and uncles present for the service.

:::: (I wish I would have a good picture to post of this day and moment... )

It is a humbling charge and one that we don't want to take lightly. A challenge presented for us as parents was this - to be viewed simply as "Stewards" of the gifts (our children, our blessings) that HE gives to us, because that is really, in all honesty, simply what we are. Stewards!

2 comments:

  1. That's wonderful news! May His blessing continue in all your lives.
    Nancy

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  2. that is beautiful! when i begin to worry about conner, i feel the Lord laying the knowledge on my heart that he belongs to Him and He can take the best care of him anyway. and i feel peace!

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