Last Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, we worshiped with the people of First Baptist Church of Gatesville, Texas. As part of the service, there was a time of Family Dedication for our youngest granddaughter, Della James Bertrand, and her parents, Chad and Lori. Larry led the time of commitment and prayer for Della’s parents and then Chad continued the dedication service with the parents of four other children.
…to raise Della in a Christian home
…to have the love of God pour through their lives
…to teach Della about Jesus and the salvation He brings
…to follow Jesus Christ and demonstrate what that looks like through words and actions to Della
The members of the church committed
…to be a community where God is glorified, taught, and followed
…to teach Della about Jesus
…to disciple her into a mature follower of Jesus
As grandparents, we also want to join in that commitment desiring that our words, actions, and deeds reflect Jesus in all we say and do. Although the time of dedication lasted a few minutes on Sunday morning, it will take years to fulfill the commitments that were made during those moments. Our prayer is that one day Della, as well as David, Mary, Ryen, Daniel, and Sawyer will each choose to trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior, too.
Start children off on the way they should go,
And even when they are old they will not turn from it.
To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Apply your heart to instruction
And your ears to words of knowledge.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.