At Immanuel, we've never done this before, but I kept meaning to ask about it, knowing that it would be helpful to me as a mother... a reminder that I'm not just raising my child for my own sake, or even for her sake, but for the sake of the Kingdom. My prayer is that my daughter will grow up to become a Daughter of the King, a willing and capable servant of His Bride, the Church. I'll need help to do that! I want the whole church to take ownership in my daughter's spiritual upbringing-- praying for her salvation, and then for her godliness; praying for Ryan & I as parents!! I also need to remember that she isn't just "my" child. She was given to Ryan & I to steward, treasure and guard... but she is God's creation; His to do as He likes with her. The day will come when we have to give her up, one way or another, and I want to train myself to say "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord."
So, last Sunday our pastor for preaching, Ryan Fullerton, called us to the front of the church, along with two other families & their little ones, and introduced us to the congregation, and then prayed for us. One of the things he said that will stick with me is that our children will go somewhere that I can never go: the future. They will be the messangers of the Gospel, Lord willing, to the next generation.
Ryan, Me & Éowyn; Mark, Libbie & Simeon; and Fernanda with Matias
(these pictures aren't very good, but my sister took some better ones, which she has promised to email me)
Please pray for us! :)