Yesterday, Kevin and I stood alongside four other families that we love in front of church and hometown family we adore to commit to living and leading a life of gospel-centered parenting.
That's a lot easier said than done.
When Kev introduced us as a family, he comically but quite perfectly revealed where we're at with this whole parenting gig:
"Hi, I'm Kevin Dickerson, and this is my wife, Meagan, and our only son, Nolan.
And we don't know what we're doing."
The service and message yesterday reminded us of nothing less than our need for Jesus and our need for him to work in my heart and in the heart of my husband's in order for him to be reflected as we parent Nolan.
We will fail.
But I pray that Kev and I walk humbly and live transparently in front of our son, and that ultimately, Nolan comes to know, too, that he is loved and accepted by God because of what Jesus has already done.
Part of yesterday's message went something like this:
Today we publicly state, in a ceremonial way, that we are committing to raise our children to know Jesus and, by his grace, to join us as a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19). We are confessing that we are, by nature, a people of darkness but, by grace, are a people of light (1 Peter 2). We are boldly saying that together we will live, love, and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God in the great hope that God would be pleased to translate our children from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of his beloved Son (Colossians 1).
In addition to the serious nature of what yesterday's dedication represented, there were also some crazy, downright hilarious moments that I just have to share. It was a great excuse to snap a whole bunch of pictures, have an 11-person slumber party in our house (with blow-up mattresses everywhere), watch my son swoon over his future bae and act a fool on stage in the middle of the service, and oh the list goes on and on...
Such a fun weekend!
Kevin Dorsey, Nolan Dorsey, & Hugh Dorsey