98: dedication

May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you his peace.
And the blessing of Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – remain with you now and evermore. Amen.

Every good and perfect gift comes from God. Even our children. So when a new baby is born we recognise that they are given to us by God to be cared for as very precious things. On day 98 I watched my friends as they gladly dedicated their new baby to God, promising to bring her up to know him and recognising that she has been given into their care by him. It’s a profound thing to have such powerful and beautiful words of blessing spoken over you right at the start of your life.

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