My dear friend Tasha recently gave birth to a perfect baby girl. When I say perfect, I’m not exaggerating. We joke that the Mexican blood in her gives her the most gorgeous complexion that my pasty babies never had a chance of achieving. I was blessed to be at the hospital during the majority of Tasha’s labor and during the delivery. She didn’t seem thrilled with my suggestion of being IN the delivery room (how dare she?), so I excitedly waited… and waited…. and waited in the waiting room. I passed much of the time with Tasha’s Mexican grandmother, who also happens to be a spiritual inspiration. We passed the time talking in both English and Spanish, discussing everything from her family to Cuba to God and the church. Mostly, though, she prayed. I could hear her nearly constant prayers for Tasha, her whispers of “Jesus” throughout the labor and delivery. It was beautiful to witness. I felt like I was on holy ground in that waiting room.
In the early morning hours, God led me to a scripture in Psalms.
The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. (Psalms 118:27)
That is how I felt during those early morning hours. Even though I wasn’t in the room, I felt like God’s light was shining on us in that hospital. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the joyous miracle of life. The occasion reminded me that joy truly does come in the morning, even after a long, dark night. Claire was born. She is perfect and I will always think of her as a light sent by God.
So, instead of showering her with blankets or clothes or bottles, I choose now to shower her with my love and with a prayer of blessing. This prayer is for you, Claire.
Dear little Claire (or OB as I like to call you),
Your entrance into this world came like a blazing ray of light into what had been a dark time for some. You truly are a gift of God. You bring light and life and joy to your family and everyone who surrounds you. This is my prayer for you.
May the light of God’s face shine upon you. (Psalms 4:6)
May the Lord alone light your lamp and light up any darkness that comes your way. (Psalms 18:28)
May the Lord be your light and salvation, coming to your rescue in every way. (Psalms 27:1)
May you ever walk before God in the light of life. (Psalms 56:13)
May his word be the lamp unto your feet and the light unto your path. (Psalms 119:105)
When you fall, may you quickly arise, having the Lord as your light. (Micah 7:8)
May you be a light to this world, a city set on a hill, hidden to none. (Matthew 5:14)
When others look at your light, may they always see the glory of your Father. (Matthew 5:16)
May you be wholly bright. (Luke 11:36)
May you help many others turn from darkness to light. (Acts 26:18)
May your light be a guide to the spiritually blind. (Romans 2:19)
May you never be unequally yoked with darkness. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
May you walk in the light, having fellowship with believers, bring cleansed from all sin. (I John 1:7)
May you always love your brothers and sisters in God’s kingdom. (I John 2:10)
And finally, dear Claire, …May you be blameless and innocent, a child of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as a light in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ we may be proud that we did not run in vain or labor in vain… (Philippians 2:15-16)
Lots of love,