Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Prayer at the Birth of a Child

Prayer at the Birth of a Child

With joy and thanksgiving we praise You out of the fullness of our grateful hearts
that You have gladdened our home and life with this newborn babe.  
We know that this child is a gift of Your bountiful hand. Grant us grace and wisdom
to bring up this precious soul in the knowledge and understanding of Your Word,
which makes us wise unto salvation.  Watch over her with Your tenderest care
and continued grace until the day we bring this little one to the font of Holy Baptism.

         As surely as You will endow our child with faith and strengthen her in spirit,
so too endow our child with a healthy body, and strengthen and preserve her
according to Your good and gracious will. Grant that our child may grow in favor
with You and bring sunshine and joy into our hearts and our home

Keep us all in Your grace, forgiving us daily our sins and filling our souls with peace.
You are our hiding place. And now to You be praise, glory, and thanksgiving,
for this precious gift, this day and forever; through Jesus Christ,
who is the Friend of children and the Savior of all.


Mary Phares said...

I have this prayer printed out and put it in Lucy's baby book. I love how Luther describes the gratefullness of our hearts at such a gift. It's a much better way of saying "we're so happy and thankful" (which would be my normal way of talking!) Mary

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