The word dedication means to consecrate or set apart people or things for the purpose of serving God. In the Old Testament, Hannah prayed for a child and promised God that the child, Samuel, would be dedicated to the Lord all the days of his life (1 Samuel 1). In the New Testament, Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22). These parents made a commitment to raise their child before the Lord.