(Granddaughter #3, Maarit Anne*, was born on Sunday, January 15.)
Creator of Maarit Anne and Heavenly Father of us all,
We praise you for this precious gift of new life—
A delightful reward from your gracious hand of love.
Already she is a blessing as we cuddle her tiny form,
Caress her downy head, and kiss her soft cheeks.
We marvel how you wove together so many disparate parts
To create this unique little person,
Evident in her distinctive collection of family traits:
Mommy’s dark hair and Daddy’s brow line,
Auntie Heather’s long, slender fingers, and
Grandpa Terry’s narrow feet.
In more ways yet to be revealed Maarit is an exemplification
Of your exquisite workmanship—
a heavenly piece of poetry—
in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
We praise you for the perfect life-course
You’ve already planned for Maarit—
A future gleaming with hope because
You’ve set her apart and equipped her
For special purpose to accomplish your good works.
May her eyes be drawn to you and your Word,
The wondrous splendors of your creation,
And the signs of your love all around her.
May Maarit’s mouth be filled with praise,
Declaring your glory all day long.
May her ears be quick to hear your voice,
And her heart be delighted to respond.
May Maarit’s spirit grow strong
In the loving care and nurture of Jesus.
May she wear your instruction
As a garland of praise.
Give to all who love and care for Maarit
The wisdom and grace to guide her in all your ways
Protect, provide for, and guide her for all the days
You’ve ordained for her.
These things we ask for our Maarit Anne
In the Name of Jesus.
(Psalm 127:3, 139:15; Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 119:18; Jeremiah 1:5, 29:11;
Psalm 71:8; Proverbs 23:12; Psalm 119:35; Proverbs 1:9; Psalm 139:16, Psalm 23:6.)
*Maar (rhymes with bar)-it is a Finnish name, meaning “pearl,” in honor of our daughter-in-law’s Finnish heritage on her mother’s side. Maarit’s middle name was given in honor of Hilja’s grandmother–and me, a delightful, humbling surprise.