A blessing for a new baby

I often find myself praying blessings over babies, and I’d love to share this blessing with you.

It’s perfect for a baptism/dedication, a birth, or anytime you want to pray God’s word over a baby!

(You will probably notice it sounds a lot like Psalm 139. That’s because it’s basically a re-wording of it! That means you don’t need to pull up this blog post when you are ready to pray for a baby, you just need to pull out a Bible!)

PS There’s 2 versions – I wanted to avoid having you read he/she all the time!

MALE VERSION:

I praise you God that You have searched _________, Lord,
    and you know him.
You know when _________ sits and when he rises;
    you perceive his thoughts from afar, even though his thoughts are still unformed.
You discern his going out and his lying down;
    you are familiar with all his ways.
Before any words are on _________’s tongue
    you, Lord, know them all completely.
You hem him in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon him.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for us,
    too lofty for us to understand.

Thank you for loving and choosing _________ before he has any ability to respond.

Where can _________ go from your Spirit?
    Where can he flee from your presence?
If he goes up to the heavens, you are there;
    if he makes his bed in the depths, you are there.
If he rises on the wings of the dawn,
    if he settles on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide _________,
    your right hand will hold him fast.
If _________ says, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

For you created _________’s inmost being;
    you knit him together in his mother’s womb.
I praise you because _________ is fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    we know that full well.
_________’s frame was not hidden from you
    when he was made in the secret place,
    when he was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw _________’s unformed body;
    all the days ordained for him were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
    How vast is the sum of your thoughts toward _________, God!
Were we to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when _________ awakes, he is still with you.

As he grows, search _________, God, and know his heart;
test him and know his anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in _________,
    and lead him in the way everlasting.

AMEN.

FEMALE VERSION:

I praise you God that You have searched _________, Lord,
    and you know her.
You know when _________ sits and when she rises;
    you perceive her thoughts from afar, even though her thoughts are still unformed.
You discern her going out and her lying down;
    you are familiar with all her ways.
Before any words are on _________’s tongue
    you, Lord, know them all completely.
You hem her in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon her.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for us,
    too lofty for us to understand.

Thank you for loving and choosing _________ before she has any ability to respond.

Where can _________ go from your Spirit?
    Where can she flee from your presence?
If she goes up to the heavens, you are there;
    if she makes her bed in the depths, you are there.
If she rises on the wings of the dawn,
    if she settles on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide _________,
    your right hand will hold her fast.
If _________ says, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

For you created _________’s inmost being;
    you knit her together in her mother’s womb.
I praise you because _________ is fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    we know that full well.
_________’s frame was not hidden from you
    when she was made in the secret place,
    when she was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw _________’s unformed body;
    all the days ordained for her were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
    How vast is the sum of your thoughts toward _________, God!
Were we to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when _________ awakes, she is still with you.

As she grows, search _________, God, and know her heart;
test her and know her anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in _________,
    and lead her in the way everlasting.

AMEN.


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