Our beautiful baby daughter Anabelle was born sleeping June 2010.
Blessed with the screaming arrivals of our gorgeous rainbow sons,
Alexander October 2011, Zachary November 2013 and Lucas July 2016.

After Anabelle - Raising Rainbows
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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Xander's Dedication

A week today will be Alexander's Dedication day; and the 11th March is going to mean the world to us.It is an important milestone in our journey as Alexander's 'here on earth' parents. 

The last time we were stood at the front of a church with our baby is was Anabelle's funeral and we were handing her over to God's keeping. Broken. Just as that was an important day for our beautiful girl; the only day she could have, this, Alexander's day is just as important. Different. 

Just over a year ago the Pastor's wife asked to pray for me and Jon. She said she had felt led to pray for a future pregnancy. She and two other members of the church sat with me and prayed that God would bless us with another baby, that he would be with us through another pregnancy and that our next baby stay strong and well and come home. Two weeks later I found out I was pregnant again! An instant answer. I was completely bowled over by the timing of those prayers; to me it was not a coincidence.

I know many people continued to pray for us throughout our pregnancy. When my faith was lacking and fear overwhelming there were people who kept on holding us up to God, and for that I am thankful too.  Prayers were answered again, and our son came home. 

Somebody said to me quite recently that Alexander is probably one of the most prayed for babies; and they are probably right! And here we are; a year on from those first prayers able to take Alexander to church and show him off as the answer to all of those prayers. I love showing our boy off! 

There are no words to really express just how special it is to us that this time we're able to stand at the front of the church with our baby in celebration and thanksgiving to God instead of sorrow. We're immensely proud of Alexander, just as we are of Anabelle. He deserves a day, just for him. 

So next Sunday is it! 

Quite a few people have asked me what a Dedication is. 

The best way I can think to explain it is there are some similarities to a Christening, apart from there is no water, and much less ceremonial.  But I guess it is the Baptist version, likened to Jesus being taken to the Temple and presented to God when he was a baby.  In my church the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. As simply as I can put it? We'll be making promises to bring Xander up surrounded by God's love and teachings. His 'Godmother' Sorreya will promise to support us as his parents and to be Alexander's special friend. We'll give thanks to God for blessing us with Xander and he and his life will be celebrated, prayed for and blessed. 

I've been really enjoying planning his special day and making it personal to us and him. After a chat with Pastor today we're all set. Next Sunday is going to be so special. 


Hannah said...

what a special day that will be for Alexander, you and Jon, your family and friends!
I will be praying for you all!

lots of love!

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