Monday, April 1, 2013

Brynlee's Celebration of Life and Dedication Service

On March 30, 2013, we had a small service with our immediate family. After a lot of prayer, we were blessed with beautiful weather at 4:30 on Mount Sequoyah. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us during this service and the weather. 

Brynlee’s Baby Dedication and Celebration of Life Service

Brynlee Sharon Green   
Born into Heaven on February 23, 2013
4 pounds, 12 ounces; 13 inches long

Opening Prayer from Lolli and Pop

1 Samuel 1:26-26
"[Hannah to the Priest Eli] As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." 

Daddy’s Dedication Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your world is full of life and wondrous mystery. In the joys of birth and sorrows of death, we have come into contact with the heartbeat of Your glory. You give and take away, and so we count Brynlee Sharon Green as a gift and miracle from your heart. Thank you for this treasured child of ours. Although You entrusted Brynlee to us for a short period of time, we know she belongs to You. Like Hannah offered Samuel, we dedicate our child to You, Lord. We recognize that she is always in Your care. Even though she has walked through the valley of the shadow of death, we praise You that she did not fear evil, You were with her, and Your rod and Your staff comforted her. We thank You that one day we will dwell in Your house as a family forever.

We pray that Lilianna and Brynlee, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lords holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep Your love is for us. We commit our lives to raising Lilianna and remembering Brynlee to the glory of Your name because their lives will forever testify your love and faithfulness.

 Psalm 139:13-18
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Blessings with Flowers

Gigi and Daddaddy

Lolli, Pop, and Uncle Bubs

Mommy, Lilianna, and Daddy

Mommy’s Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, 

We thank You for Brynlee’s life, and we thank You she was given to us to bless our lives. May we remember this on days of sorrow when our hearts are breaking. May we always remember her life as a gift from You and anticipate the day we will see her again among her family. We thank You she was greeted into Heaven by her siblings, Milledge Aubrey and Buster Watts (Grandfather's names...long story. :) / Also, I had two miscarriages before I had Lilianna.), grandfather, Tim Braddock, great grandmothers, Louise and Chelsea, and grandfathers, Buster, Aubrey, Milledge Watts, and Charles, as well as countless Angels and Your marvelous and wondrous love. We pray that she will always know how much we love her even though we did not get to snuggle her in bed each night with Bebe (Snoopy), laugh at her adorable quirks, marvel at her endless beauty, cherish all the special memories she could have made with Lilianna, or get to see the world through her eyes. We know she is showering us with love from Heaven above where she is healthy and whole. Dear Lord, please help us to fulfill every purpose for which she was given to us to the glory of Your name. We dedicate our lives to fulfilling these purposes and raising Lilianna to fulfill all of the purposes for which she was given to us as well. We know children are a gift from the Lord. Bless us as parents as we raise Lilianna. May she always know as well how wide, deep, long, and high your love is for our lives. May she live her life knowing Brynlee was a gift to our family and understand that all things work together for good for those who love You. 


Psalm 137:3
Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.

Releasing of Balloons

Lilianna’s Prayer

Proverbs 22:6 
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. 

Closing Passage from Gigi and Daddaddy

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.

(I plan on having her buried with me in my arms when I go to Heaven. 
The song "I will Carry You" gave me this idea and has greatly comforted me.) 

(This is my grandma's favorite song. I can still hear her singing it.)

Thank you for blessing us with your prayers on this journey. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. Beautiful and touching. Your faith and strength is so inspiring. Continued prayers and love for all of you.