To give you an idea of what it's like, it goes something like this: we gather at the church with family and any friends and church family that can come on a Saturday morning at 11:00. It's always been an intimate setting, where we can share personal thoughts and reflections unique to that child. Derek has written songs for a couple of them that were so beautiful and meaningful. For Lauren's, I sang the song "Masterpiece" (by Sandi Patty), and my sister did the sign language for it, which was so special. At Sophie's my dad read "Just in Case You Ever Wonder" by Max Lucado. We always share something about the baby's name...how we chose it, what it means, etc. Both mine and Derek's dads always have a part, and then the Pastor speaks a word of instruction and lifts the baby in dedication. We have a simple but yummy luncheon in the fellowship hall which we always look forward to. Each service has been wonderful, meaningful, and stored away in our hearts forever.
Reagan's dedication was Saturday. (and for my long-term readers...yes, he wore the gown. what else could I do?) It was no exception: in fact, it was a very special time for our families, both sides combined. My dad opened with words of welcome, and shared some thoughts from Proverbs 17:6 on the joys of being a grandparent. My Papaw had the invocation, after sharing thoughts on what he prays for Reagan's future. Then Lauren, Cameron, and Sophie sang "God Made You Special", which was just too cute! Derek's dad had a very touching time of speaking of the generations of men in their family, and the blessing that God promises to the 1000th generation of those that love him. He vowed to re-dedicate himself so that promise may be true of our family. Then Derek sang that beautiful Mark Harris song, "Find Your Wings"; after which he shared with everyone the choosing of Reagan's name. Our Pastor offered Reagan up to the Lord in dedication. Scott H, closed with the benediction. There were a lot of wet eyes as we dismissed. So grateful to God for the gift of another son to raise for Him. And so thankful that in that moment we were surrounded by family who love us and love God and seek to help us in that endeavor. I guess it's something we could easily take for granted, having never known another way. But how blessed we are for our Christian heritage!!!
For those interested, here is what Derek shared about Reagan's name:
The Choosing of Reagan’s Name
"Choosing a name for our children has always been something we approached with great thought and consideration. We search for names with deeper meaning, family connection, or historical value. Upon learning that we would be welcoming our second son into this world, we began that process once again. We live in a time now where leadership and biblical manhood are at a premium. Our nation and our world search for the rare, priceless gem of a leader who will never abandon his convictions and will never fail to lead. This country has known many fine and honorable Presidents. But in my lifetime, there has been none so great as our 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan. He has left behind a legacy of unwavering courage, unfailing optimism, and unshakable convictions. As my son grows older, I want to point him to values like those. I want to be an example like that for him, and I want to point him to other men who have lived out principles such as these. I can proudly point him to the man whose name he shares…and urge him to treat his name with honor and pride.
But our Reagan is blessed to not only search the historical record for examples of greatness…he has many men in his own family that he can look to for a witness of godliness and leadership. There are examples in his extended family, and in his church family. When we found the Hebrew name, “Abbott”, meaning ‘father’, we felt this was a way for both Tara and I to honor our own fathers for the relationships that we have with them. Reagan will always know why he was given this middle name. He will always know the way his parents feel about the men for whom this name was chosen. It is our hope that he will recognize the importance of keeping the family connection strong, and the heritage passed down in good faith, and with honor.
Both of these names represent strength and greatness, perhaps a little much for such little shoes to fill. But we believe that with God’s help, and by virtue of this dedication that we make today, that our precious little Reagan Abbott H****** can grow into a true man of God, and a warrior for His kingdom."
Here are some pictures from this Saturday. Maybe sometime in the future I will post some from the other childrens' dedications. It was SO precious to have had some of our closest friends attend these in years past. Before we spread out quite so far, and they started having babies of their own! Wish you all could have been there this weekend! Thanks for letting me share the significance of this on my blog; I know it went a little long in the description, but I've decided to start saving these entries as sort of a "journal", and that way, I write it once and it's done! Blessings, friends...............