Dedicate




May 28-30
Wikipedia defines the word dedicate this way:
Devote (time, effort, or oneself) to a particular task or purpose.

Merriam Webster's definition is: to devote to the worship of a divine being.

The Free Dictionary says: To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.

What a privilege it is as parents to receive the gift and miracle of a child. By focusing on the Giver of Life Himself, we venture into the daily and sometimes complicated task of parenting through trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and continually seeking Him. Our children and their needs are forever changing, so the process of training them up as they should go requires wisdom and support from those who have trod before us.

We gathered Sunday at Shiloh honoring a wonderful group of parents who recognize what a privilege they have had bestowed them. Their hearts desire is to train their children up to love the Lord. Through a dedication service they made this proclamation before the Lord and the rest of us offered our encouragement and prayers for the task at hand.

We have a good and gracious gift in the unconditional love of the Lord. We need to pass it on and tell of its wonder!

Deuteronomy 11:18-20

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,