Blessing at Miriam's birth

This is not a beautiful picture.
The side of my face.
The top of a baby head.
The Top of a Sean head.

You can only imagine what might have been going on on the other half of my body)
(but you don't need to)

But being present to this person. Looking back and forth from the words to the face of the newly emerged child.  

Here is the blessing that Sean blessed Junia with at her birth and that WE blessed Miriam with at her birth....

The Doll O'Mahoney family birth blessing...

 May you know 
The freedom and life of God when your are healthy
And the humility and need of God when you are in ill health.

May you know
The passionate, dynamic and even ordinary presence of God in your loving.
And the comfort of God in your heartache.

May you know
The delight of God’s creation as you grow and learn your own laughter, playfulness and creativity. And, find your passions in God’s creative zeal for you.

May you know
The joy and richness of God’s poverty and simplicity, and be trusting in God at the times when the world’s values push in on you.

May you know
God’s presence as woman, man, mother, father, laughter, sorrow and all the forms that God takes. And when your prayer ceases may a community hold you in faith.

May you know
That in whatever life holds for you- you are lovable and sacred and beautiful as you are.

Our child,

We as your parents will celebrate who you are.
Be with you as you grow.
Acknowledge our mistakes.
Celebrate you as a part of our family and traditions.

We will laugh and cry for you.
We will love you, as best we are able- all the days that we live.


  1. That is beautiful. Miriam is so blessed to have you as her parents.

  2. I have so much love for you all.

  3. That is so beautiful. Wow. Many blessings to the whole family.


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