May God give us
The strength and determination of a woman
laboring to deliver new life
The encouragement and wisdom of a midwife
helping another to bring forth new life
The care and nurture of a shepherd
fiercely protecting new life
The wonder and curiosity of a baby
discovering the happiness and work of life
The joy and thanksgiving of Angels
delighting in new life
And grace in receiving
even the most humble of gifts.
May we keep all these things and ponder them in our hearts.
Nativity used with permission of the artist, Carol Aust
Blessing by Lynn Willis