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Summary: A SERVICE FOR CHILD DEDICATION: to impress upon us how God views children and how we are given the joy and duty to care for them in God’s love.

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Parent- Child Dedication Service

Anyone here want to know a measure of God’s blessing here. I’ve got 4 of them! They are a blessing. They are a joy! They have taught me more about God and His love and His joy. In fact they are spoken of as a “heritage” i.e. a legacy or something that lives on even after you are gone and a “reward” a prize , a gift!

Psalm 127:3-5 is clear:

Behold, children are a HERITAGE from the LORD,

The fruit of the womb is a REWARD.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,

So are the children of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them…

God sees children as important, no doubt about that. Yet this past week we heard of so many real life stories that is heart-wrenching such as on this past Thursday’s News:

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - Three young brothers, all under the age of five, died in a house fire Thursday. Police said one of the victims died immediately while two others died a short time later in hospital. The fire broke out in the old, three-storey home shortly after 6:30 a.m. ET, said police investigator Nelson Langlais.

``When the firefighters come on the scene there was fire coming out of the windows of the second floor,’’ said Langlais. Firefighters found all three children, aged one, three and four, in their bedrooms, he added. RDI, Radio-Canada’s all-news network, reported that a neighbour called the fire department after she noticed the children’s mother, covered in soot, standing outside the house screaming that her children were still inside.

We feel as well the mother’s pain… then we hear story of Andrea Yates in Texas who murdered her kids while under a psychotic delusion that Satan is sending them to hell.

IN LA, A Canadian couple who relied on prayer instead of medication have been ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles on a charge of manslaughter in the death of their 11-month-old daughter. Police officers testified this week that the infant’s parents, Richard and Agnes Wiebe, admitted their religious beliefs prevented them from obtaining a prescription and medical help that expert witnesses testified could have saved the life of their daughter, Julia.

The child is one of at least four members of the Wiebe family whose deaths have been linked to their church’s teaching on divine healing. The Wiebes are part of the Church of God Restoration, which hit the news last summer when the Children’s Aid Society removed seven children from a home in Aylmer, Ont., after complaints their parents had abused them because of church teachings on corporal punishment.

While the Aylmer children were being taken into foster care, 11-month-old Julia Wiebe was dying of treatable meningitis in a Los Angeles suburb. She suffered through three days of fever, vomiting and seizures before she died on July 6.

Then, in the town of Quatsino, BC, investigators found the remains of six children in the burned-out rubble of a home on remote area of northern Vancouver Island, confirming the worst fears Wednesday of the tightly knit community.

"It’s horrifying. It’s just devastating," said Tina Poole, a 25-year resident of Quatsino, a northern Vancouver Island village with about 75 residents. The six brothers and sisters, ranging in age from two to 11 years old were at a neighbourhood birthday party Sunday afternoon, she said. "They were very friendly kids," Poole said. "They always used to come down and wave to everybody who used to come down on the road."


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Brian Galbraith

commented on Jun 29, 2012

This introduction and tragic stories of the death, murder and abuse of children is not appropriate for a dedication ceremony.

Mark Riley

commented on Nov 11, 2013

Brian, I agree. It makes a point but is out of place.

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