April 7, 2009

newest member of the HH

Last night, the Hawthorn House welcomed our little friend, Biruk. Meggan and Tim just returned from Ethiopia where the adopted Biruk. The little guy had a thing for me. So, I had the privilege of playing with him most of the night. He stole my glasses and demanded a photo in exchange for my glasses back. It was really nice outside so, we held our gathering on the patio. We also had our first "dedication." We adapted a prayer from the Celtic Daily Prayer book. It was a beautiful time. We surrounded the family, laying hands on them and several us prayed these prayers over them:

To Be Said By A Friend To Meggan and Tim:
The blessing of Christ
comes to you in this child.
This blessing is mercy
and kindness and joy.
Blessing comes to home
and to family.

To Be Said By A Friend To Biruk:
Welcome, Biruk,
child of love,
God is here to bless you,
And blessed are you,
beyond telling,
to be brought to parents
who love you
and love each other
servants of the great King Jesus.

To Be Said By A Friend To Biruk:
Grow gently, Biruk,
in love of God.
We bless you,
and pray
Christ be near you,
now and each hour
of your life.

To Be Said By All To Biruk:
God be with you
in this your day,
every day and every way,
with you and for you
in this your day,
and the love
and affection
of heaven
be toward you.


To Be Said By A Friend To Biruk:
As a tiny baby your parents cover
and clothe you
in their love
and with their faith.

As you grow
may faith grow with you.
May you find the presence
of Christ your clothing
and protection.
And year by year may the
knowledge of His presence
be greater for you,
that daily you may put on Christ
and walk as His own in the world.

To Be Said By Meggan and Tim:
Biruk,
may God make clear to you each road;
may God make safe to you each step;
should you stumble, hold you;
if you fall, lift you up;
when you are hard pressed with evil,
deliver you –
and bring you at last to His glory.

To Be Said By A Friend To Meggan and Tim:
The blessing of Christ
comes to you in your Biruk;
this blessing is mercy
and kindness and joy.
Blessing comes to home
and to family.

Amen

1 comment :

Tim and Meggan said...

This was such a special night for us! We are so grateful to be a part of the Hawthorn family. Love you guys!

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