As I’ve shared before, my husband and I have written blessings for each of our daughters to share with them on their Baptism days. These blessings are so special to us, and I want to share them here as an example in case anyone is looking to do the same thing.
Here is the blessing for our secondborn, Ava:
“To our peaceful little girl, Ava:
Today we celebrate your Baptism and welcome you into God’s family! You are so loved, little one. As we think about you, we pray for the following things to be true in your life:
First, Ava, we pray that you will always know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You wereknit together by our Creator. He has made you for a significant purpose, and we pray you will seek to live out that purpose for His glory.
Second, since before you were even born, we have thought of “peace” when we’ve thought of you. We pray you experience the peace that passes all understanding in your own life, and that you will be a peacemaker among your family and friends.
As we think about peace, we remember these verses from John , when Jesus says, “I am leaving with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again” (John 14:27). And He says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Finally, while Mama was pregnant with you, our family memorized the words of Psalm 23 together, which begins, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” and it seems so appropriate for a girl named Ava.
The name “Ava” literally refers to “a field near the river,” which makes us think of Psalm 23:2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.” [Note: Ava is a nickname for our daughter’s full name, which we don’t share online.]
So today, we pray Psalm 23 as a blessing over you:
Lord, You are Ava’s Shepherd. You give her everything she needs.
Let Ava lie down in fields of green grass, and lead her beside quiet waters.
Give Ava new strength, and guide her in right paths for the honor of Your name.
Even when Ava walks through the darkest valleys, we know You are with her.
Give her the ability to not be afraid.
Comfort her with Your Shepherd’s rod and staff.
Prepare a feast for her right in front of her enemies, and anoint her head with oil.
Lord, we pray that You cause Ava’s cup to run over.
We know that Your goodness and love will follow her all the days of her life
and that she will live in Your house forever. Amen.”