Today we had our sweet baby, Catalina Rose, dedicated in the church. With and before our family and friends and those in our church we promised to raise our daughter to know and love the Lord Jesus and to acknowledge that we believe she is a gift to us from God. The service was simple and perfect for our family. One of the most meaningful things was having my sister, Catalina's godmother, up on stage with us.
Pastor Phil gave a sweet dedication based on I Peter 3:
"2 ...when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight."
Catalina means "pure" and Rose "blushing beauty" so these verses were a perfect blessing on her life. My prayer for all of my children is that they would find spouses who demonstrate love and respect to one another, a foundational principle in marriage.
One of the funny things Phil said was, "No parents are perfect. You guys know that because this is not your first child. We mess things up. In fact, you have already messed up your first two..." Ha ha. Everyone was laughing, and I thought, "You are so right! We are so not perfect!" Case in point, I said Catalina's birthday was May 25 ... nope - that was her due date - but that's that date that appeared on the big screen. Her actual birthday is May 27. Oh well, nobody's perfect!
After church, our family and the Murray's and Blanca joined us for dinner at our house. Dad made apple and pumpkin pie ... mmmmm!
Journey Church has truly become our church home. Having Catalina dedicated there today felt like home. Of course, it is the people who are the church, and we are so grateful for our church family.