For those wondering, baby dedication is modeled in the Bible in verses 1 Samuel 1:28 and Luke 2:22, where Samuel and Jesus were presented to the Lord by their parents. For Ryan & I it's a time to publicly thank God for blessing us with Elynor and to dedicate her life to Him, committing to raising her according to the Bible and requesting the support of our church family (and them dedicating themselves, in response). Dedication does not mean Elynor has accepted Jesus or has received His salvation. This is a decision she'll make on her own, later in life, according to the Bible verses Romans 10:9, John 3:16, 1 John 1:9, and John 1:12 (to name a few).
We chose Psalm 73:24-26 as Elynor's dedication verses:
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.These verses were very encouraging to me during my pregnancy... when I felt so physically responsible for Elynor's well being and when it became easy to allow the desire for a child to overtake my existence. Ryan and I will continue to draw on this prayer as we raise Elynor, gaining strength in the truth that we are also God's children, whom he will counsel and strengthen. Likewise, we hope Elynor will live by this prayer - that she will look to her Heavenly Father for counsel and strength, and that she would not be distracted by worldly desires over that of heaven.
Here are some pics from the morning. Pardon some of the generic group shots. It's difficult to get anything spontaneous with a baby!
Waiting for our turn... we were the last of approx. 25 babies (read = a long time for Elynor to cooperate)Our prayer partners, Ed & Leslie Campins (Everett's parents), pray for us and Elynor