Sunday, May 13, 2012

May His Hand Bless Your Future...

Today was less about mom's day (for me) and more about dedicating LJ to the Lord, this morning at church. I was quite emotional during service, today. I remembered all the Mother's Day services I quietly sobbed through or avoided. I thought through all the years of pain and ache and empty arms. How different life is, today, only three short years later.

A mother and her three year old daughter did a special dance to the below song and it ripped my heart open. At a minimum, fast forward to the last minute of the song. I've typed out Rachel Aldous' lyrics below. It was incredibly moving. I held my boys close as tears streamed down my face.

It isn't important that we missed out on 2 years and 7 months of LJ's life, nor that we are just dedicating him, today. It only matters that we're here, now.

This is my prayer for my boys...I hope it's yours, too.

May God grant you peace
in the midst of a storm.
May God give you strength even
when you’re forlorn.
May you answer the door when
Jesus comes knocking. 

May wisdom guide when
your mouth is talking.
May discretion protect you
and keep you pure.
May you never stumble
or fall for a lure.
May your heart remain humble
to the very end.
May uprightness and truth
be what you defend. 

May the world not ensnare
or change who you are.
May the light that's within you
shine like the stars.
May angels surround you
body, spirit, mind.
May favor and peace be yours to find.
May rejection and pain
never reach you.
May your spirit grow bold
for what you’re called to. 

May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days 

May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast. 


  1. crying again just thinking about it. what a great service and special day.

  2. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

    Kim M

  3. Beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!

  4. From your past post on LJ I thought you would find this helpful....

  5. This is such a beautiful song! A dear friend sang this song for my daughter's baptism!! You don't know me but I came across your blog some time ago and enjoy reading of your journey. Inspiring and so real! love it!

  6. Love that!
    Check out for a prayer vigil week for kids in foster care.

  7. What a great song! We had E baptized the last weekend in April, and I was soooo emotional. This song puts my thoughts into words. His birthfamily was present too (thanks for the advice when I emailed you, it was a great day with no extreme "awkwardness") and it was a beautiful day...I am enjoying reading LJ's story as it becomes part of your story :)