by Ann Voskamp
Father who breathed into this daughter...
I pray for this girl formed into eternity...
May the wind always be in her hair.
May the sky always be wide with hope above her.
And may all the hills be an exhilaration,
the trails but a trail.
all the stones but stairs to God.
God, clothes this girl in a gown of grace
Grace, the only dress that makes beautiful,
the style of Your spirit.
Nourish her on the comfort food of the Word,
Word, that makes her crave more of Christ,
have hunger pangs for Him.
Enclose her in communion with You
You, Love who makes her love, who folds her heart into a roof
that absorbs storms for souls,
that makes her tongue speak only the words that make souls stronger.
May her vocation in his world simply be translation
Translating every enemy into esteemed guest
Translating every countenance into the face of Christ
Translating every burden into blessing
When it's hard to be patient...make her willing to suffer
When it's ridiculous to be thankful...make her see all is grace
When it's radical to forgive...maker her live the foundation of our faith
And when it's time to work..make her a holy wonder.
May she be bread and feed many with her life and her laughter
May she be thread and mend brokenness and knit hearts
May she be dead to all ladders & never go higher, only lower to the
lonely, the least & the longing
her lead of the Spirit to lead many to the Cross
that leads to the tomb wildly empty.
Oh, and raise me, Lord from the deadness of my own sins to love this
beautiful girl like You do...
In the name of Christ who rose and appeared first to one of His daughters...