When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took [Jesus] to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”). —Luke 2:22-23
We dedicated Teddy to God at our church last weekend. While there’s no one specific age that parents dedicate their babies, I think most generally do it earlier than we did, say around 3 or 4 months. We waited because we wanted the adoption to be finalized first, but we discovered there’s a perk to dedicating when your child is a bit older: He can hold his own dedication certificate. When our pastor handed us the blue and orange document stating that Theodore William Kruger had been dedicated to God, Teddy reached for it. And took it in both hands. And held it long enough for friends to take pictures. In fact, he showed no sign of wanting to let it go. Daddy was so proud. I just laughed.
It was definitely a “cherry on top” moment. We’d scheduled this dedication back in February, back when my parents bought tickets to fly out to visit. And we spent the next several months hoping and praying that the adoption would be finalized in time.
We’ve watched many baby dedications, so we knew what to expect. They’re always beautiful, but our few minutes in the spotlight was an amazing time. Standing on the stage with Mike and my parents, holding Teddy, knowing so many friends were supporting us (both in the audience and in spirit), listening to our pastor speak about adoption and pray for Mike and me and for Teddy, I soaked in every second.
Our church has many locations, and while we used to regularly attend the location where we had Teddy dedicated, it’s a Sunday evening service that collides with Teddy’s bedtime, so we’ve become more regular attenders at a different location. However, it was important to us to have Teddy dedicated at the Sunday evening service because we feel very connected to the pastor there. Also, when we first brought Teddy home, the congregation there gave us a generous financial gift that was so very helpful during those first few weeks when we were maniacally outfitting a nursery that up to that point had been a storage room.
So it was extra meaningful looking out and seeing (metaphorically, since the stage lights make it impossible to actually see anyone) all the people who had supported us and still do.
At the end of the service, our pastor mentioned us again and encouraged everyone to give us a hug and Teddy a kiss on their way out. Since we were seated right at the exit, we turned into a sort of receiving line (or rather, the opposite of that since people were leaving…), which was awesome.
Thank you, Pastor D! You gave us another moment to savor forever.