We dedicated Eliana at our church on Sunday 15 November. All of our children have been dedicated here - usually as infants. Given Eliana's rocky first year, this was when she had her turn.
A couple first prayed over the children and families present. Then each family had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their children and share a little bit. Roger asked that I share and I happily did.
I shared that when Eliana was born with Down syndrome that it was a difficult path at first. I know I've shared here that the book I studied when pregnant with her was James. You know, the passage on "consider it all joy when you encounter trials". I felt like this was a preparation for the trials that were to come. At the time though, I didn't see clearly the end of that same chapter. "Every good gift comes from above." Eliana is a good gift from the One who made her perfectly - and in His image.
I shared about what a joy Eliana is to our family. She is not what I prayed for - but is exactly what I needed. I have grown so much in my faith through having her join our family. I've learned more about God's grace, truth and faithfulness by walking this path with our sweet girl. I know I still have much to learn.
I don't have a good picture of her at the dedication. But here is a picture of her from that day.
We all then prayed and pledged to raise our children in the faith and to be a part of the church body that encourages, prays and helps all of the children grow to know more about God.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to have another child to raise - another opportunity to share God's love and to grow in the experience.
Feeling very blessed,