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Saturday, September 18, 2004

A blessing for my daughter

Today is my daugther's fifteenth. I wrote her a blessing. I will lay hands on her and read the blessing out to her tonight during dinner. It goes like this:

A Blessing for My Daughter _______

As you enter your fifteenth year, my dearest daughter _______, I want to bless you with God’s richest blessings for a year of adventure, flourishing and celebration. I pray that you will sense the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you walk with Him, and allow Him to show you who you are and the blessings God has prepared for you in Christ Jesus, as He promised in Psalm 89:15: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.”

_______, God has given you many qualities of a special young lady. You have a big compassionate heart, you are conscientious and your creative spirit permeates everything about you.Your family has enjoyed your sense of humor, your energetic, caring and adventurous spirit. As you grow and develop into the beautiful young woman that you will become, I pray that you will continue to sense the guiding hand of your God and that you will draw from the wealth of gifts and resources that you have in your Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that you will discover ways to bless others with the special talents and gifts that God has endowed you.

May your caring nature and love bless all those whose lives you touch, may your diligence be rewarded many times over and may your creativity expand the imaginations of all those whose lives you impact. I pray that this year will be a year of tremendous blessing and that you will see how special you are in the eyes of Your Father God.

- From Dad,
Sept. 18, 2004

I printed it on parchment paper and will hand the blessing to her in a scroll. I started this tradition when my oldest celebrated her twentieth a few months ago. I believe it is a biblical practice that allows the head of the family to share his (or in the case of single parent families, her) vision upon his/her child to live the life that God has prepared for that child.

Let me know what you think.