As the NxtGn Pastor at Newsong, one of my pastoral responsibilities is quarterly baby dedications. In theory, this should be a great experience for me as I celebrate new and growing families. In reality, the past 4 I've done have all been marked with varying levels of sadness and grief. In fact, after the first dedication I lead I felt pretty sick. It was awful.
This past Sunday was another baby dedication but it was a VICTORY! While there were tears, they were because I had the privilege of being of part of a couple dear friends' baby dedications [yeah Ta's & Roach's!!!!]. It was a pain-free baby dedication. Sigh.
Afterward, I received this from a friend who was leading worship:
Your ability to show strength with tenderness is inspiring. And it's not anything specific that you do, it's just who you are.
Some day soon it will be you up there dedicating your own babies to a life with our loving God. Looking forward to celebrating that day with you.
Wow. Tears. I could read those words and feel nothing but excitement and anticipation for OUR day. Indeed, something good is growing inside of me. More healing. Thanks, Jesus, for an incredible day.