Monday, July 26, 2010

Sleeping Beauty

I was introduced to my grand niece this weekend.

She is of course sweet, and beautiful and perfect. This world that she lives in is anything but.....

The morning of the gathering, I found myself thinking of the fairy tale in which the baby is being blessed by the three Good Fairies: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. I looked forward to my opportunity to hold the child and speak my blessings over her.

Finally, my turn came. I sat and held her. She spoke first with her song of pre-sleep coos and grunts as she rooted her head into my shoulder.

Then, I whispered to her:

May you have health, and remain healthy and strong.

May you be sheltered from the harshness of this world.

May you find the good things in life and see the world through grateful eyes.

May you know God deep in your heart and never forget how much you are loved.

Above all, you belong to Him.

May we all remember that, and honor you as such.

She spent the afternoon sleeping peacefully, being passed from arm to arm. Which makes sense, considering the fairy tale...

Flora, Fauna and Merryweather..... and of course, Sleeping Beauty.

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