Judah’s Family Dedication
On dark days, when I felt like our son might never come home, I clung to the vision and hope in my heart of standing before our church family - a group who rallied around us and prayed for us for over 5 years - as we dedicated our son back to the Lord. Today, that dream became a reality as I stood on that stage with tears in my eyes and our son in my arms. All children are miracles, but we literally saw God lead us through ups and downs, around twists and turns, and then move mountains to bring Judah home. His story will forever be the catalyst that challenged me to pray big, bold prayers and believe wholeheartedly that God’s plans and timing - although not always easy - are perfect. We are forever grateful that the Lord allowed us to be a part of this little boy’s story.
Family dedication is a public demonstration of our thankfulness to God for blessing us with children. Through Family Dedication, we are saying that Judah Mahesh is ultimately God's child, and He has loaned him to us to love him and to lead him. We are so grateful to be Judah’s parents. We publicly affirmed our commitment to, by God’s grace, raise our son (and daughters) in a way that continuously points them to Jesus. Family dedication does not give salvation to our son, but we fervently pray that Judah (and Eliza and Hattie) will choose to put their faith in Jesus someday. We stood on the stage, asking our church to partner with us to help us raise our son to become a ferociously Godly man who loves Jesus and His Church wholeheartedly.
We chose these verses for Judah, and we pray that he will embrace Psalm 78:4-7:
“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.” Psalms 78:4-7 NLT
We were thankful that Marcus’s parents, sister, and future brother-in-law were able to attend the church service for this special occasion. Due to the impending blizzard, my parents were not able to attend, but they watched it online.
The girls sat in the service as well...but all they really wanted to know is why they didn’t get to go on the stage, and why Marcus and I didn’t sing when we were on stage. They were still so proud to see their brother up there, though. Thank you, Lord, for our three most precious gifts.