For My Daughter (A Prayer of St. Anne)

My dear,

I birth you into a world of imperfections:

there are takers
deceivers
violators
haters.


Yet still it is a world of God’s grace,

filled with givers
counselors
nurturers
lovers.


In all things, be a child of God, in the footsteps of God.

Womb of my womb,

I pray for you strength and grace,
inner beauty and outer presence.


Daughter of daughters,

May you strive for knowledge and friendship,
peace and justice.


Newest of women,

How can I explain to you womanhood,
so beautiful and so powerful?


Young Mary of mine,

In every playfulness and each pain,
in every growth and each rest…


…believe that God is woman.


I wrote a prayer for each of my children when they were born. This prayer — written in the voice of St. Anne, mother of Mary the mother of Jesus — was written for my daughter, who has a birthday today.

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