We recently had Lila and Ava’s Blessing Ceremony. We were originally going to have Lila baptized at the church be belonged to when we lived in Chicago. Since we were moving to Cincinnati and would no longer be a part of the church we wanted to wait until we found a new church here. Well, it’s two years later and we have yet to really look for one. Where does the time go? Now that Ava is here we knew we had to get on the ball and think of how we wanted to “baptize” the girls into the spiritual world.
Even though we don’t belong to a church we knew we wanted to have a blessing ceremony for the girls that included close family and friends. Then it came to thinking about where we wanted it to take place and the message we wanted say to the girls.
So over Labor Day weekend we traveled back to Illinois to be close to family and friends and chose to have the ceremony at our family cabin. After searching through library books and online we finally found a few readings and poems that we thought were appropriate for where we are at spiritually, how we feel about the girls and what we wanted to say to them. When all was said and done and we had the blessing written out we found that a large focus was on nature, the universe and God. And we loved it. I believe someone at the blessing said that Tom and I would have made good hippies, LOL.
That day Tom, myself and our family made our promises and blessings to the girls. Meanwhile, Ava slept peacefully and Lila played with sticks, dirt and her cousin. We were surrounded by love, happiness, sunshine and God. It was a perfect moment in our time.
Here are a few of our found readings that sent the exact message we wanted to say to our loves, Lila and Ava.
Dear Lila and Ava,
You both were born of two hearts
You are grace
You are beauty
You are love beyond measure
And a gift without price
We gather this day
To introduce you to your greater family,
And to bless you,
As we have been blessed by your birth!
We offer you to the Four Winds
That you might embrace adventure
And know the wonder of far-off lands
We offer you to the Sky
That you may be steered by the stars
And never feel that you are far from home
We offer you to the Sun
That warmth and light may surround you always
And guide you safely on your way
We offer you to the Moon
That you may find comfort in darkness
And never have cause to fear the night
We offer you to our family
That we may love, teach and protect you
All the days of our lives.
Lila and Ava,
You are connected, protected, loved and blessed by God.
All your senses are blessed, protected and awakened.
May your hearts be blessed so that you may feel compassion for yourself and others.
May your hands be blessed so that you may reach out to the world.
May your feet be blessed so that you may connect with the earth, be grounded, and stand your ground in this world.
Know that your spirit is strong and it will guide you through this life.
Know that you have angels to watch over you and that you are never alone.
Know that you are deeply loved and that your presence brings overwhelming joy.
Know you what it is to be a child? …
It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism;
it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little
that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, – for each child has a fairy god-mother in her own soul; it is to live in a nutshell and count yourself the king/queen of infinite space; it is:
To see the World in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
~ Francis Thompson
At the end of the ceremony we had everyone write their blessing for the girls on a piece of paper, folded them into an origami boat and released them into the river.