Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ethan's Dedication

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This morning I was reminded of Hannah, the prophet Samuel's mother as she gave her son back to God. I Samuel 1:28 describes the desire of our hearts for Ethan as Hannah says, "Therefore also, I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there."

What a special dedication service for a special little boy. Joshua and I were grateful to sing a song of dedication, then have our hearts challenged and commissioned to train Ethan in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. Our prayer for him and our family is that we would follow God whenever, wherever, and in whatever way He leads.

"In Your loving arms we lay
This wordless one so new.
The incarnation of our love
We dedicate to You.

Hopeless yet so full of love,
We make a solemn vow
Not knowing when the time will come,
Not even knowing how.
And though it seems we try to make
A promise that is true
We really only claim for them
The Promise that is you.

The Holy sleep that falls so deep
A blessing from above
Will now embrace our little one
In simple trusting Love
We offer you this child
Whose only ours for just a while
How could we keep it back from you
When you gave your only child.

In Your loving arms we lay
This wordless one so new.
The incarnation of our love
We dedicate to You."

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