My husband Dan was brought up Catholic. He attended the CCD classes as a youthster and learned a few hail mary’s or two, but in his words, it was a very structured and ritualistic. It wasn’t until later in life that he discovered that it wasn’t about the hail mary’s and the confessions, but it was about having a personal relationship with God through Jesus. Without sounding too much like a TBN special, it was with this kind of faith that we agreed that we should raise our son. We don’t want to predetermine his faith for him, but we would rather him choose Jesus on his own. This is why we believe so strongly in a dedication to God as opposed to a baptism at birth. I’m not here to debate religion, as I believe everyone has their own reasons why they do what they do. Each is personal, and I respect the choice parents make. Just like any great structure, it is crucial to have the right foundation. We think a Godly foundation is not only a major part of what will shape Parker’s life, but an essential part of him becoming the man God intended him to be. This starts with us as parents. It states in Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” On Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at Stonecreek Church we dedicated our son to God. We prayed that we would train him in the way he should go, and continue to pray for him and ask for guidance along the way. We prayed that he would seek first the kingdom of God and that we would look to God for strength in difficult times. I pray that he would not be so concerned with memorizing bible verses or lyrics to christian songs, but that he would learn to have a personal relationship with Jesus and a heart after God instead.
It was so nice to have family there to join with us in his dedication. It’s a blessing to know that they’re with us in this journey to be a good influence and to pray for him. I am so grateful for that, because we certainly can’t do it alone.