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It is a common practice in my denomination (Southern Baptist) for the parents of a newborn to come before the church and present the new little guy or gal to the congregation. It is sometimes called a baby dedication (though I prefer “parent dedication”) and it doubles as a time when the parents promise to teach and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ to their child and the Church promises to hold them accountable in this commitment. It’s a beautiful picture of how the community of the redeemed intentionally look out for one another, making sure that we spur one another along to finish the race well.
Yesterday we had just such a service for one of my friend’s little girl. We read Scripture, recited our commitments to each other, and prayed for the family. I love occasions like these! And yesterday it also reminded of another thing I love about my church… crying babies in the service!
Every time I hear a crying baby in our service it warms my heart to realize that in the midst of all the gloom and doom in the news, there are still families who are trying to show their children the importance of our relationship with Christ and His people as we gather to worship Him corporately. Despite the onslaught of secularism, Christ is still building His Church and there are still families who are seeking to bring Him glory. And crying babies in the service are a sweet reminder of this truth!
So moms and dads, when your child starts screaming don’t feel the need to rush out as quickly as you can! Those sounds are a refreshing reminder of God’s grace among us.
That’s one thing I love about my church.