Saturday, March 02, 2002

 
My oldest turned six today. Hard to believe she's that old. She awoke and emerged from her room this morning at the exact time that she was born in 1996, 7:29 a.m. (technically an hour late since we now live in a different time zone). She had a flower birthday party with all of the girls from her kindergarten class as well as her two younger siblings. She had a great day.

We had a quieter celebration this evening around the dinner table, with just the five of us and tokens of love sent from out of town grandparents and aunts and uncles. We adapted a simple Birthday Liturgy from Robert Webber's The Book of Family Prayer that went like this:

Leader:
My dear friends, today is a special day in the life of our family, for on this day we celebrate the birth of Abigail. Let us begin by giving thanks to God Almighty.

Let us pray.

Father, we praise you for every perfect gift that comes from above. You have gifted us with the life of Abigail. Now we bless You for her presence in our family. Grant, we pray You, that Your blessing may rest upon her all the days of her life. Amen.

Scripture Reading:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This the Word of the Lord.

Response:
Thanks be to God.

Leader:
Abigail, these gifts are tokens of the love and esteem we have for you. Before you open them we wish to express our love to you in words. Each of us has thought of something about you that we appreciate. We want to acknowledge you in this way.

Following those words of appreciation...

Leader:
Let us dedicate Abigail to the Lord.

Father, we dedicate Abigail to Your service. We ask that her life might bring glory to Your Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Response:
Amen.

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