Jessie in our arms, we promised to raise her faithfully, to teach her, and to love her as God loves us. The congregation promised to teach her, to support us, and to be God’s loving community. Our pastor held our baby, invoked God’s loving power, and blessed God’s beloved child.
Our Disciple tradition of baby dedication serves a similar purpose as the circumcision and naming of Jesus. When families bring their babies or young children forward the people of God make a holy covenant with one another and with God.
As parents and congregants we sometimes fail in our holy responsibility. We aren’t there when we’re needed or we teach the wrong lessons. But God is present to nudge us and lure us back on the path of unconditional love of every one of God’s beloved children.
Holy One, open our hearts that we might perceive you within our lifeblood calling us to be your rabbis to all children. Amen.
Rev. Tim Graves
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)