Deut. 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
February 23 is our one year anniversary of Kalindi and Kira arriving home with us. To us, that seems like the day we wanted to recognize in a special way.
Another thing that Kevin and I decided we wanted to do was to formally dedicate the girls to the Lord – but not just dedicate them to God. We wanted to dedicate ourselves as their parents, in front of witnesses, that we are purposing to raise the girls to know and love God and His Word. We had that dedication service Sunday morning, February 22 during our church service. Our pastor did a wonderful job of talking about the God-given responsibility that we have as parents, but that the congregation, friends, and family have a part to play as well. We are so blessed in the church family that we have. They have been there for us through some pretty dark valleys and some very joyful times as well.
When we were in the process of the adoption of the girls and they were in India and we were biding our time, we decided to give them new first names – mostly because we thought Kira’s given name, Vanila, might be problematic. I wanted to keep those names as a middle name, but give them a new first name that would be of Indian origin. Kalindi is a Sanskrit name and Kira, is of Persian origin, but is a name and spelling used in India. In addition to those names I really wanted to give the girls a middle name that had a spiritual meaning. We chose Kalindi Hope and Kira Grace.
This was the personal things we said to the girls at their dedication:
Kalindi and Kira,
Tomorrow it will be one year since you arrived home with us from India. We had a desire to have more children in our family, but it wasn’t really your Daddy and I that chose you. God chose you to be in our family. It was God’s plan from before you were born that you would be our daughters. God loves you very much, doesn’t He? He has watched over you every day of your life and He will continue to do that.
When Daddy and I were talking about new names for you, we wanted to give you a middle name that had meaning to us and that we hoped would have meaning for you as you learned what they meant. We chose a verse to read to you this morning that explains a little bit the meaning of your middle names.
Kalindi Hope – hope is joyful and confident expectation of eternal life.
The hope that a Christian has is based on the truth of the Bible – God’s word. The Holy Spirit speaks to us as we read God’s word and helps us understand it. According to the Bible, Christ is our hope and God is called “the God of hope”.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Kira Grace – Grace is the undeserved and overflowing gift of God’s love and good favor to His people.
God’s grace is a gift. We can do nothing to earn His grace. The gift of grace is God himself – that He wants to share Himself with us. He wants us to love Him, obey Him and enjoy Him.
Romans 3:23,24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
This wasn’t the first time the girls had heard the story of their names, nor the first time they have heard those verses and several others with their special name that I have written in their Bibles. I am excited to be able to share the good news of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word each and every day. I am also excited to see how the Holy Spirit is going to work in their hearts. My prayer is that the Spirit will open up their spirits to understand God’s word and draw them to Himself.
I have to say how exciting it is every day to sit down and do a Bible devotion with them and watch their reactions and hear their questions. They are so receptive and interested. What a blessing these girls are to our family!