And as much as I could write about what a sweet experience it was to see my husband take our little boy in his arms and give him a name and a blessing... I mostly want to talk about what he wore.
I really wanted Abe to have a special blessing outfit but when I went to go buy one I was appalled that the one I wanted, a cute little knit sweater with pants, cost $40! Instead of paying this exorbitant price for an outfit he would wear once, I decided to try my hand at knitting him a blessing outfit.
I found this pattern on Ravelry and even though it was harder than anything I've tried to knit before (I've mostly just made hats and leg warmers) I thought I'd take a shot at it. It was hard (for me) and I pretty much worked on it non-stop for 2 weeks. I am so happy with how it turned out. I was thrilled it actually fit him because he went through quite the growth spurt in two weeks!
I poured a lot of love into those stitches and so it was was sweet for me to see my little boy bundled up in something I had worked so hard to make for him. It reminded me of another mother who also worked hard to make her son a special little coat.
"...Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child... Moreover his mother [Hannah] made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice... And the child Samuel grew before the Lord." (1 Samuel 2:18-21)I love to think about what sort of thoughts went through Hannah's head as she worked, year after year, on Samuel's little coats. I can only imagine the amount of love she poured into every stitch and I am certain that her coats were beautiful and unique; something that would remind Samuel, every time he put it on that it was because of her love for him, that she was willing to dedicate him to the Lord.
As my husband took our little boy in his arms to bless him and present him him to the Lord I couldn't help but think about Hannah's willingness to turn her son over to the Lord's service. I can't imagine anything harder than consecrating your child completely, to leave him in the trust of others, in order to serve the Lord.
And I hope that if, and when, such a sacrifice is asked of me that I will be able to make a sacrifice similar to the one Hannah made. Because deep in my heart I know that this little boy is more God's son that he is mine. I am just grateful God has lent him to me for a little while.
Oh, and I just have to add this picture in because it took us about 20 tries and this was the best family portrait we could manage.