Pape’s baby dedication outfit was a bit out of the ordinary. Normally you see pictures of babies wearing these long, white gown thingies and sometimes a little bonnet to cap it all off. Considering the lack of sleep and shopping malls around here, I thought I was doing pretty well to have pulled out a onesie, little pale blue overalls and his spunky little shoes for him to wear before I crawled into bed last night.
This morning when Cheikh took Pape so I could get ready, I asked him to get him dressed. “That takes like two minutes,” he said in the cheerful voice of someone who hasn’t been attached to and/or a feeding munchkin for hours on end.
Fast-forward to us heading out the door for church. I pick up Pape and see he’s wearing the onesie, but no overalls or shoes. I truly want to believe that at some point before we get up in front of the church to dedicate ourselves as parents who will raise Pape in a God-honoring home, I will find “two minutes” to finish getting him dressed.
But deep down I know this kid is getting dedicated wearing a plain white onesie. At least it’s his chic Petit Bateau onesie that W. and J. bought for him on the Champs Elysées and not just the baby equivalent of a wife-beater (an A-shirt, for our classier readers).
But his outfit didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. What did matter was that we were able to stand there with my parents and supported by our church as we committed to raise Pape in a way that is honoring to God. My dad was asked to give words of blessing, which you can read below.
The Scripture tells us that before you were born, God saw you and knew you. He made you and He has planned the days of your life.
In Jeremiah we read about this plan: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
As you follow this plan and become the man that God desires, may these words be said of you as they were said of your great-grandfather at the end of his life:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1)
Despite Pape being dressed a bit cas’ for the event and wailing throughout the dedication, it was awesome. And we are dedicated. Totally.