Look at Bethany's eyes, she's praying with us:)
We had our child dedication for Bethany yesterday with other two families. it’s just simple, no godparents, no celebration, we just had the same activity as we usually do every Sunday. Well, this is how they do it here, unlike in my country, we usually have celebration with our family, godparents and friends after the dedication. I asked my sister and her husband to be the godparents for the reason that they may take care of our child in the event of unexpected death. They didn’t know that though:)
Through this dedication, we do acknowledge that our child is a gift from God. We want to offer back our child to Him. It is our act of trust, commitment and dependence to Him.
Trust because, we know our child has needs that only God can provide , we trust the Lord that He will take care of her and that we don’t need to worry about her future, her health, her education, etc, etc. We’re trusting the Father completely that He will meet her needs and He’s just using us to provide some of her needs.
Commitment because just like marriage, parenting is also a commitment. It’s our commitment to raise her the way the Father wants us to do, we are committed to live a godly life and be a model to her with the desire that one day she will also entrust her life to Christ. We are committed to teach her the scriptures, it is our duty to do that.
Dependence, because we know as parents we are not perfect, in the future we’ll surely disappoint her, raising her we need His wisdom and grace in carrying our responsibilities as parents.
It is also one way of saying to Him, Lord we surrender to you our style of parenting, we want to raise this child the way you called us to. We’re doing parenting by faith.
I just love the questions that Mark(the one who conducted the ceremony) asked us during the ceremony.
1.)Do you, in the presence of God and this church, solemnly dedicate Bethany to the Lord?
2. Will you endeavor to live a life before Bethany that will give witness to your faith in Jesus Christ?
3. Do you accept the authority of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God?
4. Out of them, will you endeavor diligently to teach Bethany the commandments and promises of the Most High God, so that she may early come to personal faith in Jesus Christ?
With all these questions our answers were “yes we do”, I was reminded by our promises during our wedding and yes these are also our promises to our children. These are the other two families.
After having our buffet lunch with our two friends who happened to be here, too bad we didn’t take picture of the food, they’re absolutely awesome. Bethany and I spent in the children’s room while Albert, Esther and Robert went to check the theater, library and tried the indoor games, Albert toured them around the place, they’re just here to process his wife’s US visa and they’ll be leaving:(.
Below are some of the photos we took. We just love shooting photos of our baby. Isn’t she precious?:)
She loves playing peekaboo with her dad.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:14