Birth day

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

she whose womb is dark
but for the stars and moon
has labored hard
to bring you into the new life.

           Come, let us hold you.


How can you possibly know
how beautiful you are,
how joyfully awaited,
how beloved?

           All you need to know is how
           it calms you to be held.


Your deepest wisdom trusts
that you can’t know the unseen world
that encircles you so close, so wide,
any better than a newborn.

           Just breathe in, breathe out,
           open your eyes.


You have a great life within you
not of your own making,
whole and gifted and destined for love.

           Give birth to it,
           or it will kill you both.


Hold a newborn grandchild in your arms:
no requirements or expectations,
just love, delight and wonder.

           Now you have a glimpse
           of how God feels.


All that you have been through
is a birth canal.
There is always someone waiting for you.

           Happy birth day.

Prayers of rejoicing and bidding God’s grace
for Tanner Michael Holmes,
born late Sunday night,
and all those who enter the new life.

Deep Blessings
Pastor Steve
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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