Monday, November 9, 2009

Orphan Sunday

Here are Caleb and Steven all dressed up for their dedication this morning. I thought they looked so cute. Sorry for so many of Caleb and only one of Steven alone--Caleb is so wiggly that I didn't think I had gotten a decent one until the last one. Steven stood still the first time :) I figured I'd better get some close up shots in Sunday School since you probably wouldn't be able to tell what they had on in the group picture at the actual dedication.
Below they are sporting their crown with "jewels" We were studying how David had a willing heart and was anointed by Samuel to be the new king. (Lucky boys--they have me for a teacher both in Sunday School and in Rainbows)

Here's our whole family (including my parents) on the platform with our pastor in the center. We purposely chose Orphan Sunday as the day to dedicate Caleb and Steven to the Lord. No longer orphans, they are part of our own family and our church family and are learning how to be a part of God's family through accepting the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Our pastor read from Psalm 127 (starting with "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who try to build it" and ending with "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man: so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." ) and James 1:27. It was a precious sermonette, not only for us but also advocating for orphans around the world.
Later in the service our pastor's wife got up in front of the congregation and shared her adoption story--they adopted a sibling group of three several years ago. She then made an impassioned plea for the 143 million orphans and called for our church to be involved in supporting people who are adopting or have adopted or are doing foster care. It was just beautiful.

After church we decided to celebrate the dedication by going out to eat at Sizzler. Our girls rode with Poppa and Grandma so I grabbed a photo of 'the guys'--including Caleb in his Daddy's suit jacket.

Then to top off the day I got a phone call from some people who are interested in adopting and I was able to give their phone number to our caseworker so she could get in touch with them.
What a great Orphan Sunday.

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