Nathan’s Baby Dedication

On Saturday September 28th we had a little outdoor ceremony at church to dedicate Nathan to the Lord.

Mac played the role of big brother perfectly. I’m not saying he was perfect, but he played the part really well.

Mike sang Nothing Without You and Lord I Need You. Beautiful.

Nathan fussed a little. Not bad, but a little. It was hot and humid.

John did a beautiful dedication of Nathan. He read us Psalm 139.

I’m so proud to be standing there with all my guys.

When my husband grabbed the microphone, Mac grabbed my husband.

my husband shared the verse 1 Corinthians 1: 27, “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”

He spoke of how Nathan is an opportunity for us to love unconditionally.

I’m smiling at Mac who is still trying to steal center stage. That kid!

I shared Jeremiah 9: 23-24, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me; that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things.’ declares the Lord.”

Nathan will never be able to boast of his own wisdom, his own strength, or his own riches. But his life has already boasted of who God is.

God’s loving kindness has been revealed in all the ways He’s provided what we’ve needed to care for Nathan from babysitting for brother to finances, from meals to excellent doctors.

His righteousness is demonstrated in how much I am not. That’s why I need Jesus. I lack the selflessness, patience, and graciousness to love this child well. I am being transformed by the One who can.

Justice. Well, I’m waiting on that one. I am waiting on the justice of restoration. It’s a lifelong countdown to the day when we will see Jesus face to face. He will rule perfectly and all of the broken things of this world will be made new, restored. Restored to their intended perfect state. How I long for that day.

My pillar of strength. I love this shot.

And here are a few more of Mac and Lovie Bear. I have no idea how many cookies that little boy ate but it was a lot!

As much as the ceremony was about dedicating Nathan to God. It was also about dedicating us as his parents, his family and community for caring for this little boy whom God entrusted us.

To Him be the glory.

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