Maeve's Baby Blessing Ceremony
Excerpt from Dedication
In the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, it is written:
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will,
through all the wisdom and understanding,
that you may live a life worthy of the Lord
and please Him in every way,
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God.
Today we present to the Lord this beloved daughter, Maeve.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they lean to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
~ “Children Learn What They Live” by Dorothy Law Nolte
Excerpt from Closing Blessing
Thank you God for your presence among us, and thanks to all of you for helping create such a special day for Maeve and her parents. I’d like to offer this closing blessing, written by Daniela Wild:
May she know the welcome
of open arms and hearts
May she know she is loved
by many and by one
May she know the circle of friendship that gives
and receives love in all its forms
May she know and be known
in the heart of another
May she know the heart
that is this earth
reach for the stars and call it home
And in the end
may she find everything
in her heart
and her heart in everything.