I’ve come across a few more beautiful prayers for pregnancy that I wanted to share. Two of them come from Judaism, and I found them here on Beliefnet, of all places.
The first comes from a poem entitled “World of the Womb” by Tikva Frymer-Kensky:
My eye cannot see you.
My will cannot control you.
But I feel your presence,
and I note your being
and I wish you all blessings,
and I love you.
The second likewise comes from a poem, “Birthing Blessings” by Merle Feld:
Help me to protect and nurture and guide
this new, yet undiscovered soul.
And let me not curse the child or myself
when we both prove to be only human.
Those last two lines made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. I think they apply not only to birthing, but to the whole of parenting (at least as much as I know of it).
And the final one I can’t believe I forgot. It’s a blessing by John O’Donohue for a mother-to-be, and a group of my friends from grad school prayed it for me and S (in utero) during a weekend retreat we made together. The blessing of those wonderful friends and strong women gave me peace during the anxious moments of the final months of that pregnancy.
Here are a few excerpts from the blessing, but you can find the whole thing in his collection called To Bless The Space Between Us:
Nothing could have prepared
Your heart to open like this.
From beyond the skies and the stars
This echo arrived inside you
And started to pulse with life.
Once it began, you were no longer your own.
A new, more courageous you, offering itself
In a new way to a presence you can sense
But you have not seen or known.
It has made you feel alone
In a way you never knew before;
Everyone else sees only from the outside
What you feel and feed
With every fiber of your being.
You know your life has changed forever,
For in all the days and years to come,
Distance will never be able to cut you off
From the one you now carry
For nine months under your heart.
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