Thursday, December 3, 2009

Prayer for our Newborn Grandchild (Avery Leah Waters)

Prayer for our Newborn Grandchild (Avery Leah Waters) - Daughter of Josh & Kimberly Waters

God's greatest blessing is the gift of a child.

"Mary set out in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice, 'Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.'

And Mary said, 'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on all ages will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.'"

Luke 1: 39-49

God's greatest gift to a man and woman is the gift of a child. A mother is touched by the love of God in a unique way when a child comes to life within her. When her child stirs in the first movements of new life, she becomes part of God's greatest miracle. Her child is completely new, yet so close to her that she can hardly distinguish her child from herself. This child makes her life a circle of love. It is a circle made complete by God, and as long as God is present, this circle of love will be unbroken.

"God our Father, you bestow your greatest blessing on us when you call upon us to take part in the miracle of bringing a new life (Avery Leah) into the world. You fill us with wonder as we watch Avery’s life grow from its very beginning. And you teach us to love as we love this grandchild whom you entrust to our care. We give you thanks for Avery and the gift of life, and as we cherish this gift we ask you to encircle her always with your fatherly love."

With All Our Love, Nana & Poppa

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