This inspiring anthology celebrating new life, features nearly 200 poems, reflections, and meditations from many cultures, both ancient and modern.

"This little book, as lovely and precious as a violet picked by a young child's entranced fingers, . . . provides wonderful meditations and affirmations for all parents, and will be useful for child dedication ceremonies, as well as emotional support for those engaged in the world's most difficult and rewarding vocation." Karen McCarthy, Foreward Magazine, March/​April, 2006.

Bless This Child



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Bless This Child

A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate Birth


Dear Reader,

A child comes into our world already formed and unique, an individual with an innate personality and latent abilities. This new child carries our collective hope for something more than the mere continuity of life.

Inevitably, we hope that the light that burns in us will burn more brightly in our children. We hope that each child will contribute to the progress of society, and in turn, that our society will be worthy of its children. We hope that each child will be personally fulfilled throughout the unfolding life that lies ahead.

This treasury of prose, poems, blessings, and readings gives voice to the many hopes and wishes that accompany the arrival of a new child. Culled from antiquity and from our contemporary world, written and spoken by parents, priests, and poets--the famous and the unknown--these passages are meant to inspire, to caution, and to shore us up for the great responsibility we have to care and nurture all children.

There is no more inspiring aspect of the human condition than children, to whom this little book is dedicated.

Wishing you hope and joy,

Edward Searl




Skinner House Books
Paperback
164 pp.
Dimensions: 5 x 7
Publication Date: October 2005
ISBN 1-55896-489-4
Price: $14.00

Publications by
Ed Searl

Anthologies: Rites of Passage
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate Birth
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Growing Up
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate Love and Marriage
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Death and Remembrance
Anthology: The Animal Kingdom
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate the Animal Kingdom
Funerals and Memorial Services
A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services
Home Altars
A Guide to Creating Sacred Spaces in Your Home
Poetic Reflections
52 Meditations Follow Nature and Self Through the Satisfying Cycle of Four Seasons.