A Blessing For Their First Phone
The device contains a universe of things
and also nothing of any importance.
May it be a tool you own and use
so that it does not own and use you.
May it offer connection to what is real
rather than escape from what matters.
May it be the last place you look for validation
in a world ready to tell you what you are worth.
While algorithms monitor your scrolls and clicks,
I will too. You are trustworthy and powerful
and supported in this fresh form of freedom.
Copyright © 2022 Meta Herrick Carlson from Ordinary Blessings for Parents: Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Family Life (Minneapolis, MN: Broadleaf Books, 2022).
Meta Herrick Carlson (she/her/hers) is a pastor and poet. Her ministry is rooted in a love for meaningful ritual, accessible language, and healthy communities. Meta laughs at her own jokes and packs extra snacks just in case. She and her husband Matt have three kids who are loud, sticky, and fiercely loved. For information about her books, visit www.metaherrickcarlson.com.