a psalm of love

“Thank you for children
brought into being
because we loved.
God of love,
keep us loving
so that they
may grow up whole
in love’s overflow.”
-Joseph Bayly
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i whisper over her until she can pray for herself

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name in NAME OF CHILD,
thy kingdom come in NAME OF CHILD,
thy will be done in NAME OF CHILD,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give her this day her daily bread.
And forgive her her trespasses,
as she forgives those that trespass against her.
And lead her not into temptation;
but deliver her from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

-The Lord’s Prayer

a prayer for a daughter…translator

Father who breathed into this daughter…
I pray for this girl being formed into eternity.

May the wind always be in her hair
May the sky always be wide with hope above her
And may all the hills be an exhilaration
the trials but a trail,
all the stones but stairs to God.

God, clothe this girl in a gown of grace
 Grace,
the only dress that makes beautiful,
the style of Your spirit.
Nourish her on the comfort food of the Word,
Word, that makes her crave more of Christ,
 have hunger pangs for Him.
Enclose her in communion with You
 You,
Love who makes her love, who folds her heart
into a roof 
that absorbs storms for souls,
that makes her tongue speak only the words that make souls stronger.

May her vocation in this world simply be translation.

Translating every enemy into esteemed guest
Translating every countenance into the face of Christ
Translating every burden into blessing

When it’s hard to be patient… make her willing to suffer
When it’s ridiculous to be thankful … make her see all is grace
When it’s radical to forgive … make her live the foundation of our faith
And when it’s time to work… make her a holy wonder.

May she be bread and feed many with her life and her laughter
May she be thread and mend brokeness and knit hearts
May she be dead to all ladders & never go higher,
only lower, to the lonely, the least & the longing
Her led of the Spirit to lead many to the Cross
 that leads to the tomb wildly empty.

Oh, and raise me, Lord, from the deadness of my own sins
to love this beautiful girl like You do…
In the name of Christ who rose
and appeared first
to one of His daughters…

Amen.

-Ann Voskamp

embracing children in the arms of thy mercy

“O Lord Jesus Christ,
who dost embrace children with the arms of thy mercy,
and dost make them living members of thy Church;
Give this child grace, we pray thee,
to stand fast in thy faith,
to obey thy word,
and to abide in thy love;
that, being made strong by the Holy Spirit,
she may resist temptation and overcome evil,
and may rejoice in the life that now is,
and dwell with thee in the life that is to come;
through thy merits, O merciful Savior,
who with the Father and the Holy Ghost
livest and reignest one God,
world without end.

Amen.

-1928 Book of Common Prayer