"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them close to his heart, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Isaiah 40:11

Sunday, June 6, 2010

16 Days Old

We dedicated Rachel to God this morning before our church family. Levi Smoker, thank-you for leading us in this! We dressed her in the little white dress that a nurse at the Hospice made for us - it fit perfectly - and wrapped her in the green blanket I knit for her.

These are some of Levi's words (with his permission):  "Her medical prognosis indicates that she may live a very short life on this earth. However, as the Psalmist says in Ps 31:14-15; “I trust in you, O LORD; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands.” This, of course, is true of each one of us as it is of Rachel. Rachel’s prognosis, though, brings this truth to the fore and makes us realize how very true and real this Scripture is. All the events and circumstances of Rachel’s life [and ours] are in the hands of the Lord."

Kendra and David, do you acknowledge that Rachel Amariah is a gift from God, created in the image and likeness of God, and created for His own purpose? [We do.] And do you now present Rachel in dedication to the Lord for as long as she will live? [We do.]

(prayer) “Today as friends and loved ones gather in this holy place, we lift your child, Rachel Amariah, in dedication to Jesus, ever mindful of His mercy and grace. We bless the Lord, we bless Rachel Amariah, and we bless you, Kendra and David. May the Holy Spirit guide, sustain and keep you as you nurture Rachel, this child of God that He has given you. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”


Sharon said...

wow what a blessing to have the opportunity to celebrate this child. her life is impacting so many people. it is easy to read your blog and feel like it is a fascinating story because you write your truth so beautifully. but i know you, and this is all so real. i feel you in my heart, Kendra. I see how you are guided and comforted by the Source of all Love. peace be with you dear friend.


P.S. in the pictures of Rachel alone she looks so much bigger - then to see her in the arms of her parents and in her car seat she appears so tiny! i love all the photos you post <3

Elmer said...

Thanks so much for sharing the day with us! Beautiful words, beautiful pictures. Praying God's strength and blessing on you all every day! Love MOM

Erin said...

Oh I wish I could have been there on Sunday (had to work)! It is so true that it is all in god's hands. His will be done. She looks so tiny in her car seat! I do not work for the next few days so if you are in need of a night shift and 11 -4 or something like that all you have to do is call!
Much love
Jim & Erin

Kathy and Carl said...

It just blesses us that you could dedicate Rachel with your church family. How special. The little dress is just beautiful and I was very touched by your pastors words.