A mother’s thanksgiving

Daily Reading for June 24 • The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Dearest God in Heaven,

with awe and wonder, I look down upon this tiny face tonight. . . .

Pure magic, pure joy, pure love,

A living testament of your divine existence.

In my heart, in the deepest part of my soul,

I give thanks to you, now and always, for this most sacred gift.

My child.

Let me lovingly nurture my child,

whom you have graciously lent to me,

as you lovingly nurture me.

Grant me wisdom, especially when I am tired.

And grant me laughter, especially when I am tested.

Thank you, O Lord, for entrusting me

with your Creation and for making me

a mother.

Amen.

From “A Prayer in Celebration of Childbirth” by Cynthia Horvath Garbutt, quoted in Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated edited by Elizabeth Rankin Geitz, Marjorie A. Burke, and Ann Smith. Copyright © 2000. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. www.morehousepublishing.com

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