blessing for a baby

welcome to life, little one
you who have been
created by desire
invited by longing
welcomed by hope

i wish for you
now and always
receptive and nurturing arms
that never ceases to see you
just as you are                                                                                                                

beheld this day
precious and amazing being
that you are

may those who have invited you
and agreed to accompany you
recognize and honor
the gift that you also bear
the ways that you
may also have agreed
to see and to receive
to nurture and to bless

and may you walk through life
each touched, transformed,
and blessed
by the presence of the other
as you grow, become,
and learn the ways of

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