Monday, November 24, 2008

Rites of passage

Yesterday we attended church with our daughter and son-in-law for the dedication of their baby. The Scriptural basis for dedicating a child is in I Samuel 1:28. Hannah had been barren, and when God answered her prayer to have a child, she dedicated her son to the Lord.

Another part of the dedication service, was the parents dedicating themselves to raise their child in a Christian home, modeling a Christian life and teaching their child about God (Deuteronomy 6:7.) The pastor also had the congregation dedicate themselves to the support of the child and parents, in prayer and as future Sunday School teachers, etc.

This dedication service acknowledged a transition into parenthood. I think it’s important to have intentional “rites of passage.” They are a time to celebrate an accomplishment, but also a time to acknowledge transition to the next stage of life. When I received my college degrees, the words “…along with all its privileges and responsibilities” stuck in the mind. Each rite of passage brings new privileges, but also responsibilities.

As parents, what intentional “rites of passage” do you plan for your children?

God bless….

Millie McNabb, B.A., B.Mus.

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