1 Samuel 1:27-28
"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there."
On May 15, 2012 we experienced one of the most significant moments in our life. That day Josselyn Grace Alcala was dedicated to the Lord. A baby dedication is a huge step for mother and father. You see, a baby has no idea what is going on at their dedication service. Most babies sleep, smile, or cry while the pastor is conducting the dedication (Josselyn decide to eat her shoe & shake her head back & forth as if she were saying NO lol) Anyways, babies are clueless about the whole thing. The purpose of a baby dedication is really for the parents. Dedicating a child, means that as parents you are publicly making a commitment to give your precious child back to the Lord. It is a symbol that says, God as much as I love this child and as much as I want to guard and protect them from anything and everything, I know that you are their ultimate Father and you want what is best for them even more than I do. As a mother it is really hard for me to say God I let go of my daughter and I give her to you; not my will but Your will be done in her life. Maybe it is hard becasue my daughter is one of the most priceless, precious gifts I have ever received, and as humans it is only natural to hold on tight to our most precious gifts. But what I am learning is that as much as I love Josselyn, the Lord loves her even more. She is first and foremost His daughter and He is just allowing me the privilege to be her mother so that I can raise her up in the things of the Lord. Yes, my job as a mother is absolutely important. It is up to me to teach her about God and to show her what it means to be a Christ follower. But I have to always remember that as much as I want what is best for her, God wants it even more and as much as I love her, God loves her even more and as much as I want to protect her God wants to protect her even more. She is a child of God and I have just been placed here to lead & guide her while she is on this earth. So just as 1 Samuel 1:27 says, I prayed for this child, the Lord blessed me with Josselyn so now I give her back to the Lord...
Now I must give you all a little recap of Josselyn's beautiful dedication service! Since John & I are the college/young adult pastors it was only appropriate that she be dedicated at our college/young adult service "Invictus" at Relevant Life Church. There were many things that made this service special. First of all, when I was 18 years old and a 1st year student in Masters Commission Bible School I was baptized by Pastor Lloyd Zeigler & Pastor Joey Alcala (who is now my brother in law). A few years later those same two special men Pastor Lloyd & Joey married John and I. Almost exactly 10 years later from when I was first baptized I had the honor of having once again Pastor Loyd & Joey dedicated my daughter. It could not have been more perfect.
Another very special moment in the service was when Joey spoke a beautiful word into Josselyn's life. Joey said that as he was praying for Josselyn the Lord gave him the word "illuminate" to speak over Josselyn's life. Joey talked about how she already illuminates a room and as she grows up, she is going to be a light who ILLUMINATES for Jesus every where she goes. I really feel like that is the perfect word to describe my shining little Josse who already lights up so many people's lives! Joey then gave Josselyn a gorgeous antique pink lamp, so that she can always remember the powerful word that was spoken over her life at only 8 months old. My prayer is that my daughter will always be a Light for Christ where she goes.
That about sums up Josselyn's baby dedication. It was a beautiful day I will always remember. I am so blessed to have that little girl in my life and while she is young I commit to raise her and train her in the things of God and as she grows older I vow to never stop praying over her.
Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."