I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.
I Samuel 1:27-28a
In I Samuel, we meet Hannah, a woman who cannot have children. But her desire to have a child and faith in God that He can provide a way drives her to continually pray for what she cannot have. Eventually, she becomes pregnant, and to thank her Heavenly Father, she gives her child, Samuel, back to the Lord to serve in the temple.
We believe that Charlotte is a gift from God, and though we get to keep her and watch over her and love her here on earth, she ultimately belongs to God. With that, we desire to raise her to love the Lord and to come to know Christ as her personal Savior. This requires us to not only teach her about her Heavenly Father and the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us on the cross but to also live the Gospel out loud for her to see.
Baby dedication is a way for us to publicly commit that we will pursue our Lord as a family and help Charlotte in her pursuit also. We do not baptize her in a dedication. Rather, that comes later, after she has chosen to follow Christ of her own free will.
While we were in Evansville a few weeks ago, we were invited to take part in the baby dedication at my church at home, Westwood. Though we don’t attend Westwood regularly, Charlotte will be just as prayed for in this church as the one we attend in Chicago. We will be dedicating her later this year at our church in Chicago, but for now, here are pictures of her Westwood dedication — along with her cousin, Jack!