Today, eight (8) infants and young children will be dedicated to the Lord in the second service. They are listed with their parents as follows:
Asher Zane Ponniah (Reuben Ponniah & Lisa Tan)
Azarya Tan Ean Jiet (Tan Jef Lloyd & Samantha Amy Mowe)
Benjamin Chan Tzer Ming (Chan Kean Hwa & Cheah Siew Mei)
Celeste Hee Tien Jenn (Nicholas Hee & Rachel Ooi)
Isaiah Fua Xiao Woei (Edwin Fua & Yap Jing Jing)
Kate Toh Jean Bee (Eric Toh & Jane Ng)
Kaylie Chew Ann Qi (Ryan Chew & Joyce Ho)
Sophie Chew Ann Yee (Ryan Chew & Joyce Ho)
We as the church applaud this act of faith to entrust each child to the care and the guidance of the Lord for His purpose and glory.
Psalm 127 tells us that children are a heritage from God. Child dedication is the act of giving back to God the gift He has given to us as parents. It is an act of thanksgiving, dependence, trust and commitment. When we present our children to the Lord, we are acknowledging our role as stewards of our children and putting our faith in God as He alone can fully realise the potential in our children.
In His earthly ministry, Jesus blessed the little children and cautioned the adults not to be a barrier to them from coming to God. Jesus said that unless we change and become like children, we will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Children, with their childlike faith, are therefore examples for us to emulate so that we can inherit the Kingdom of God. Furthermore Jesus said that the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like a child and whoever welcomes a child in His name, welcomes the Lord.
(Matthew 18:3-5 GNB)
The child that is dedicated to God is set apart for a special place of blessing and protection as God’s hand graciously comes upon the child to lead and protect the child.
“See that you don’t despise any of these little ones. Their angels in heaven, I tell you, are always in the presence of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10 GNB)
Parents who truly dedicate and commit their children to the Lord will gain a peace and confidence that the child will be under His constant care and guidance.
As parents, we must pray for our children, raise them up to honour God in every area of their lives and be examples of Christ likeness to our children.
Why do Jews constitute 20% of all Nobel laureates even though they are only 0.19% of the world’s population?
While the world seeks to discover this unusual phenomenon, many of us who read the scriptures already know the answer. It comes from the blessing of parents who exercise their authority over their children.
The Jews practised this for centuries and it is not surprising that they have the largest number of Nobel Prize winners.
May the Lord bless every child that is dedicated this morning and may He grant wisdom and peace to all the parents to raise the child to be a disciple of Jesus.
Rev. Ron Hee