-To reach the highest point or degree
-To come to completion; end
-To reach the highest point above an observer's horizon
On Orphan Sunday, November 6, 2011 we dedicated both of our children to the Lord, declaring they are both fully and completely HIS. It was such a humbling thing to stand in front of those who prayed these children home into our arms and then to release them back into our heavenly Father's arms. In many ways the dedication felt like a culmination of our adoption of Malachi and Hadassah. Yes, there's been many steps that have felt culminating....like getting our adoption application in the mail was a great feeling...going on a wait list was beyond exciting...receiving our referrals took my breath away...meeting our children in person was pure JOY...bringing them home was life-changing....
I don't think any of those moments, at least for me, felt more culminating than standing before our family, church family, and friends and dedicating our children, no longer orphans, but our son and daughter back to the Lord. We shared what their names meant which you can read more about here. We also testified to their adoption pointing us to our own adoption into God's family. We looked at their referral pictures, 2 lonely orphans in Africa and a current picture of them home, in our arms, a son and daughter. We shared scriptures that we feel God's given us for them: Micah 6:7-8, Isaiah 55:12-56:8, Psalm 68:4-6, Ephesians 1:3-14. We stood in awe of who God is and celebrated Him.
Part of the service was us holding our children, serving communion. Malachi carefully handed bread to those receiving communion that day and Hadassah peacefully slept in my arms...it was beautiful. This glimpse into my Father's heart through the journey of adoption has changed me inside and out.
|Both kids wore traditional Ethiopian clothing. I kept thinking, they look so Ethiopian...and then I'd remember, they ARE Ethiopian:).|
|Malachi was giving daddy some noisy kisses.|
|Malachi being dedicated by our pastor and his Pop-Pop (my dad).|
|Hadassah being dedicated.|
|Malachi serving communion.|