Lauren and Charlie invited us to attend a Parent/Child Dedication, and yesterday afternoon we had the privilege of joining dozens of other doting grandparents, supportive friends, and miscellaneous other relatives at this service. As we sat waiting for the program to begin, I couldn’t help but notice the power point screen and the verse from Samuel in which Hannah is telling how she prayed for “this child” and the Lord granted her petition. I’d like to add verse 28 (Chapter 1) because it seemed to me that that’s what this assorted group of worshipers was doing: lending these little ones to God. “Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord.”
The music was awesome, and the last song entitled “Legacy” really touched my heart. What greater legacy to give a child than love, support, acceptance, and the knowledge that he or she can turn to a loving Heavenly Father when in times of distress, doubt, or indecision? I was also impressed by the frequent comment about the church being there to help in any way possible to help raise the children. Many of my fondest childhood memories are from church related events and relationships. Even now, I often encounter leaders and teachers from my youth and recall their lessons…and their patience with some stubborn, rebellious teenagers!
No one is more important in the rearing of children than parents, and as I’ve told my daughter and daughters-in-law many times, it gives my husband and me a feeling of peace to know that our grandchildren are being raised in loving homes. It adds to our deep happiness to know that they are being raised in churches that reinforce family teachings and expose them all to Christian principles.