After all the deaths of the past several weeks, it is good to celebrate a birth among my circle of friends-family-church. I just received news that a healthy baby was born here in Greensboro on Friday, March 14, after what her mama called "a long hard haul." Everyone is well, including the baby, her big brother, and her mama and daddy. The baby's name is Lucia Violet. Isn't that beautiful?
Gracious God of all creation, we bless you and thank you for new birth and for health and wholeness. Bless this expanded family and in your grace, give them some good nights of sleep! In the name of Jesus who loved and welcomed children, we pray. Amen.