Early, early on in my Christian walk, ever since I started going to church again, it’s been hard for me to not personalize and project a little while another couple’s little baby is being dedicated. I’ve often thought to myself how amazing it’s going to be to have this little child up on the stage in my arms with Mary Kate with my pastor leading us all in prayer. And, well, this Sunday is the day for Evie, MK, and me…
Ironically, Evie and I were reading the story of Hannah in her children’s Bible this morning. Here’s a women who prays to God that she would have a child; and, if she did, that she would dedicate him to God’s service. I read that little story to Evie and told her, “You know, Evie, your mommy and I prayed like that for you. You are our little miracle baby from God.” This whole process of parenting is amazing when you stop to think about what’s going on…
I love the level of intentionality that our church is putting into this process of baby dedication. We’re going through First Look’s “Baby Dedication” (we call it “Baby D”) curriculum with all parents who are interested in having their child dedicated.
For MK and me, it was a process of listening to some short and very inspiring parenting talks. We were reminded to “imagine the end” with a homework assignment of writing out WHO we wanted our daughter to be when she was eighteen years old. And, then, we needed to remember that she isn’t all of a sudden going to be that person– we’ve got to be intentional about helping her develop into that young woman.
So…what follows is my homework assignment (Orange Mom wrote her thoughts out too, but that’d be her choice if she wanted to share on here):
“18 years from now…
I want Evie to love Jesus. I want her to love people because she knows how much God loves her.
I want her to know that God made her and loves her and respond to His invitation to be in a relationship with Him.
I want her to discover all that God has made her to be and know how to honor God with her personality, her passions, and her gifts.
I want her to be a compassionate person– loving people freely because she knows she is freely loved.
I want her to understand the importance of simplicity, community, laughter, quiet, and love.
I want her to see relationships as an opportunity to bring people closer to her Jesus.
I want her to know how much her mommy and daddy love her and be secure in that love and look for that kind of love in her own life.”
This little process calls for MK and me to open up these little notes and read them to one another each year on her birthday. I can imagine that this little exercise will help us steer back on course when the day-in, day-out causes us to veer off the path. In the end, the most important thing is that Evie knows who Jesus is.
So…yeah, those are my hopes. What hopes do you have for your little one(s)?