Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Special Sunday

On Sunday September 18th, Griffin was dedicated to the LORD at our church.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to make that commitment to Griffin, in front of our church family and our family, to teach him about the love of Jesus.

 Since we were having our family over for brunch afterward it was quite a hectic morning getting everything ready so we could eat shortly after we got home.  We decided to have a few egg bakes which we made Saturday night and then cooked them Sunday morning.  They were done about the time we left for church so we just turned the oven off and hoped they would be warm but not dried out when we got back!
 Griffin was joyful, as usual!  He was such a trooper in his carseat as we got some last minute things taken care of, and then were off.
He was really excited to get up on stage.  When we got up on stage, I spoke a little bit about Griffin, what we know about his character already and the things that Nate and I regularly pray for him.  I talked about how truly joyful he is, how he loves to be around people and that his smile is truly contagious (you can see it in his picture on the screen behind us). 
Then Nate read Scripture readings that we had picked out for Griffin, one we picked out when he was born and the other as we have started to see him grow and develop.

Joshua 1:7-9
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Micah 6:8 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
   And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.

 Then we made several commitments to Griffin: to pray for him and with him, love him, read him the stories of the Bible and teach him the love of Jesus.

We had overwhelming support from our family:)
  Our pastor prayed for him and for us as parents.
And then we were off to eat and celebrate with our family!
 My super creative sister-in-law Elissa made this adorable "griffin" sign for him which we hung near the drinks table in our porch.
We transformed our dining room and living room into a mess-hall that seated 22!  I had no idea we could have a sit-down meal with that many people, and it was cramped, but we did it.
Decorations were minimal and simple (and free), as my hydrangeas were still blooming and green in mid-September.
It was a wonderful celebration of our commitment and though Griffin probably won't remember the ceremony, the commitments we made we intend to carry out daily.

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