How To Behold Your Child

behold your child


It’s a powerful word in Scripture.
An invitation to stop and pay attention.
To open our eyes because God is about to do something new.

What if we tried to behold our life?
To behold our children.
To try to see them with God’s eyes.
With love. And compassion. And hope.

Let yourself try it today.
Take a moment to look at your child.

What new thing do you notice about them?
What beauty or growth do you see
That you might have missed before?

This is such a simple spiritual practice.
You can try it anytime you see your child.

Let yourself stop and behold them.
Watch God do something new,
Right before your eyes.

Copyright © 2023 Laura Kelly Fanucci.

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For more reflections on beholding:

Spiritual Practices with Newborns: Beholding

Childhood & Creation: This Sacred Everyday

Here Is The Prayer

This week’s sponsor of Mothering Spirit is Brazos Press, publisher of Feminist Prayers for My Daughter. This new book from Shannon K. Evans encompasses all of life from birth to death while imagining God in ways that resonate with the feminine experience. Feminist Prayers for My Daughter offers short prayers that affirm the unique challenges and embrace the natural abilities embodied by our daughters. Categories of prayers include embodiment, relationships, wholeness, justice, equality, and milestones.

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