Welcome, child, welcome,
to the fullness of life,
to love, from love,
to the surprises of God.
Challenge us, child, challenge us,
to be authentic and honest,
to love you when it is difficult,
to set you free when we would rather cling,
to encourage you to take risk when we would rather keep you safe,
to be patient and kind always.
Bless us, child, bless us,
with your laughter and smile,
with your needs and wants,
with your struggle for independence and self-discovery,
with your successes and failures,
with growing into the fullness of yourself.
Delight us, child, delight us,
with your questions,
your love affairs,
your kindness and generosity,
and with your passions.
Celebrate, child, celebrate,
for today we honor that you have already changed the world for the better,
and we are grateful.