We had you dedicated at church last Sunday, September 11, which was also your big sister birthday!
You don’t know this now because you’re still just my wee little babe, but our faith in Jesus impacts every area of our lives, and when your daddy and I say that we ‘dedicate’ you to the Lord, it means that we will be inviting you into that life, praying that God’s Word and Spirit will get a hold of you as you grow into a young man.
These are some of the things you can expect to experience as our son, as we dedicate you, and our entire family and lives, to Yaweh.
1) We don’t just go to church, we are the Church. We are living out God’s purposes in our lives to know him more, and to bless others. You will get to feed the homeless with us. You will get to pray for those in need. You will share lots of meals with old and new friends that come into our lives. We pray for you Zachary, that you will grow to be a man who has God’s heart for justice and Jesus’ compassion for the hurting.
2) We don’t follow the world, we follow God. This might be hard for you in your younger years because it might mean not having as many new things like your friends might have, and doing crazy things like traveling to third world countries, We pray for you Zachary that you will find joy in following God, and be free from the things this world has to offer.
3) We won’t parent you with legalism, but instead with grace. We will teach you to obey and honor us, and we will teach you to obey and honor God – but we understand that you will struggle and stumble, just as we do. Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. We pray for you Zachary, that you will experience the Grace of God through Christ Jesus, and that He will be the foundation upon which you live your life.
Zachary you are blessed to have wise grandfathers, Godly uncles and a strong father who are all men after God’s own heart. I pray that for you as well.
I love you so much and I am so humbled and pleased that I get to be the one who firsts disciples you. You remind me, as does your name, that the Lord gives and the Lord remembers, thank you for being a symbol of his faithfulness to us.
To see Evangeline’s dedication, click here: Dear Evangeline