Here are a few pictures from the dedication:
|Pastor telling us how children are like arrows|
|Pastor praying a blessing on Evan|
|Pastor telling us the meanings of Evan's names|
Pastor Gerald began by comparing the children to arrows (and he gave us each an arrow at the end of the dedication). Some of his points were that our children, like arrows, go places that we can not go, they reach further than we well, and they go in the direction that we point them. He then asked us all to make the following comittments:
- Do you profess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and that you purpose to glorify Him in your life?
- Do you solemnly recommit yourselves to your mate and to nurture your relationship?
- Do you solemnly promise before God and these witnesses that with God's help and guidance you will undertake to bring your little one to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and serve him as Lord, making use of all the helps God has given you in the family and in the church?
We received a certificate of dedication along with a card that has the meanings of Evan's name, along with the arrow.
Literal meaning: God is gracious
Suggested character quality or Godly characteristic: God's gift
Suggested Lifetime Verse: Isaiah 43:10 "You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before me no God was formed, nor shall there be after Me."
Literal meaning: Warlike One
Suggested character quality or Godly characteristic: Mighty Warrior
Suggested Lifetime Verse: Psalm 29:1 "Give to the Lord. O you sons of the mighty, give to the Lord glory and strength."
Afterward we had lunch and a surprise birthday party at my parent's house for my aunt Linda. More of my extended family was able to make to celebrate in the afternoon. Evan though it wasn't his birthday, Evan still managed to make himself the center of much attention :)
|Evan with Aunt Eileen|
|Evan, Aunt Eileen, and Evan's Great Great Grandmother :)|