It is a wonderful thing to thank God for the miracle of new life. Featured below are two simple prayers suitable for a baby blessing ceremony or church service. The first one is a prayer for the well-being and development of the baby, and the second is a short blessing for protection and guidance as the child grows.
A baby blessing
Father in Heaven,
Bless this beautiful baby boy/girl
May his/her heart be loving and giving
May his/her hands be busy as he/she learns and grows
May his/her eyes take in the beauty all around him/her
May his/her ears hear what is good and true
May his/her mouth sing with rejoicing
May his/her feet walk on life giving paths which lead to love and truth
May his/her mind be full of hope and forgiveness
May he/she come to know you as father
And live within your kingdom
a short baby blessing
Father, thank you for this precious gift of new life
We pray that you would watch over this dear child
All the days of his/her life
Guide his/her footsteps
Inspire his/her mind
Anoint his/her hands
And lead him/her into life eternal
For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord
A modern interpretation of the ancient Celtic blessing, "May the road rise up to meet you", composed and performed by prayerscapes:-
"May she come to know you as father and live within your kingdom"
A Judeo-Christian Blessing
"The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace."
(Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)
Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.
(Mark 10:13-16, GNT)
"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God-you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration-what a creation!"
(Psalm 139:13-14, The Message)