We went to church in town this morning, feeling oh so fancy. A baby dedication was part of the church service and Molli got to participate. The purpose is to publicly present children to the church and commit to raising them in love and for the church to agree to support parents in this endeavor. Each of the parents wrote a short statement of blessing for their children, emphasizing characteristics that we would like to instill in our children. Here is ours:
Lord, grant Molli peace in every circumstance,
strength and wisdom in trying times,
a gentle spirit to bring joy to others
and contentment in you.
We will bring her up in love,
and we pray that she will come to know the depth and fullness of Christ
and will find her identity in Him.
It was a sweet experience, although Myles was unable to be there (he had to preach an hour away). My Aunt Gail, cousin and grandma came down from Peoria, which was very sweet of them. Aunt Gail took some pictures with my camera, but they didn't turn out very well. I'll post them anyway.