We were pleased to formally dedicate Lydia to the Lord on October 31. At our church, this is a time for parents to publicly commit to bring up their child in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4) and to acknowledge before the congregation that their child is entrusted to God.
Our pastor read some of our hopes for Lydia from the "parenting roadmap" that we wrote in preparation for the dedication:
We chose Lydia's name in part because of the beautiful example of Lydia (in Acts 16) of Philippi. Like the Philippian Lydia we want our Lydia to be a woman of prayer, a worshipper of God, a teacher of Jesus Christ and a gracious hostess. We also pray that God would open our daughter Lydia's eyes to salvation found in Jesus Christ, by grace through faith, just as He did for Lydia in Paul's day.
And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.