|Posted by Rod Ferbrache on September 12, 2014 at 5:20 AM|
Today has been another milestone in our family. Evie our little grand daughter was dedicated at church this morning. In the Baptist church the Dedication Service replaces the Christening Service. It is a time when we give thanks to God for another precious life, and dedicate her to the Lord. It is also a time when we as a family and church promise to be there for her throughout her life. To care for her, pray for her.
As a proud grandfather it was a privilege to be asked to write a poem for the occasion, as it was for Zach's dedication. Below is the poem which I read today, and is written from the heart about a little girl who has a very big place in our hearts.
It is now over three years when I put pen to paper
And wrote of my love for Zach
We are here once again all gathered together
And so I thought we’d just look back,
To the time when I told you of the concern on my mind,
When I shared of my much guilt and shame.
That I didn’t do babies, not one tiny bit,
They really were not my game.
It’s surprising what happens over just a few years
How babies get under your skin.
I am finding so much of the time spent with them,
Make you giggle, laugh, and grin.
I wondered about things, and how would I feel
When grandchild number two came along
Would I love them as much as I had loved Zach?
Would the bond I have be as strong?
Then Evie was born, a little girl – O Blow!
I was used to having a boy,
She was so different, in so many ways,
Yet an undeniable joy.
She was quiet, and placid, always content
No trouble to look after at all,
And yet in a very special way,
I did in love with her fall.
All children are different; they are their own little selves.
With personality traits.
Are they like their mum, do they look like their dad?
Will they share the same pet hates?
There’s a lot about Evie yet to be revealed,
How will she grow up – we just don’t know.
But our prayer today is that from this young age
Into Jesus she’ll learn to grow.
The bond that she has with Zach is so strong,
You see it in the way that they play.
He is her big brother, her protector and friend,
I just know that so close they will stay.
We have evidence here before us in church,
What happens when God is involved.
A husband, a wife, with two children sweet,
The mystery of true love is solved.
God bless this dear family, as they grow as one.
May His presence be in all that they do?
Lord give them the grace to be there for each other,
May their love for you ever be true?
I have found these three years the most fulfilling yet,
And one thing I must admit – I didn’t do babies,
I was right about that. But I do now ….. Just a bit!
Evie...God Bless you on your special day!