A Baby Blessingway

a virtual celebration for our friend, reverendmother, and the much anticipated reverendbaby

Thursday, December 01, 2005

May the LORD Bless & Keep You

For Reverend Mother and Reverend Baby:

Our children (now 13, 15, 17) have gone to sleep almost every night since birth after receiving the Aaronic Blessing from either me or my husband. Subversive scripture memorization. They grow up knowing it as well as they know their names (which are almost as long).

We've found other benefits too.

Child #2 (J.) had a terrible year in 4th grade. Teacher left after two weeks (to try to have her own baby), with the understanding that she would return in three months. J. patiently endured substitute teachers equipped with with lots of "worksheets" and little imagination for those three months.

Three months turned into four, then into five, etc. etc. She never returned. Terrible year for her too: lots of physical problems, disappointments. J. had different subs all year and spent lots of time in the principal's office because he likes ritual and he's a smart kid. He knew that if he got into trouble at least then he'd know what to expect. (Every sub had different rules and so for a kid who likes routine, it was hell.)

He survived 4th grade and over the summer, J. and I ran into Mrs. O. at the mall. She was happily pregnant. Mrs. O. and I talked, and as we were saying our good-byes, I asked J. if he had anything he'd like to tell Mrs. O. (I was thinking of something like "Have a good summer" or even "Good-bye!") But instead, J. placed his little hand on the top of Mrs. O's head (he's a tall kid) and said these words:

May the LORD bless you and keep you.
May the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May the LORD lift his countenance upon you and grant you peace. Amen.

They seem to be paying attention.

May this birth bring light and grace and peace to all of you in the Reverend Mother household.


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