Because life is a gift.
Leader: From conception to birth; from first breath to last; Lord, all our times are in your hands. There is not a place we could go to flee your lovingkindness; no corner of life is untouched by your perfect design. In your goodness and grace you have delivered this new baby, _________ .
All: We praise you, God, the giver and sustainer of life. You have been gracious, generous, and kind. We acknowledge that this child we love is first Your beloved child. This new life renews again our hope, reminding us of your glorious redemptive plan for all things.
Leader : _________ comes to us as you did: As a tiny child, dependent on us for all things; yet a complete, unique person, made fully and wonderfully in your image.
(He / she) is your masterpiece, created for the good works you planned and ordained for them long ago; designed to live a piece of your story that has never before and will never again be told.
All: Lord, speak peace to the fears that we cannot give this child all that (he / she) needs. Lord, speak truth to the fears that we cannot care for this child as well as we aspire to.
Remind us, Lord, that we, too, are your children, in need of your daily grace. In your grace, Lord, help us to love, to serve, and to cherish this child.
Leader: In your grace we pray you will draw __________’s heart to yours; that Your light will direct (his / her) steps; that you will grow _________ in wisdom and stature; that your goodness and mercy will follow __________ all the days of (his / her) life.
All : Lord, may you bless and keep this child. Amen.
“Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’ Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16, GNT