Bill and Kim Rothermel
As a Church, we rejoice in life's mile markers, starting with birth, as we dedicate our children to the Lord. ln the Old Testament, Hannah brought Samuel to the temple and dedicated him to the Lord saying, "For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition...l also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord" (1 Samuel:27-28).
ln the New Testament, Joseph and Mary did the same as they brought Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to consecrate Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22-32). When Jesus began His ministry, He was eager to bless the children brought to Him, "And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them" (Mark 10:16).
When we bring our children before the Lord in church and dedicate them to Him, we're doing the same. It's an important celebration, for how greatly our children need Jesus, even from birth!