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Another Blessing: Leonardo Gerard

16 August 2009 3 Comments

Today we had another Blessing Ceremony for our 2nd grandchild, Leonardo, who was born of our 2nd daughter, Sara, and her husband, Wayne, on July 28, 2009. This is the card that Patrizia and I prepared for it, and left as a memento for him and his parents and relatives (Please join us in prayer for Leonardo, as you read along, thank you!):

BLESSING CEREMONY

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Leonardo Gerard
Born on July 28, 2009

“Welcome to our lives, Leonardo! You’ve came to bless us with courage and faith, and to inspire our lives with strength and character! As you grow up to inherit the mantle of your fathers, remember that your life has a purpose, and always be prompt to pursue justice and truth! The world needs those who will challenge the usurper and claim freedom for the oppressed, so lift up that torch and be bold to proclaim the righteousness of the Kingdom to come!

“When there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, He will deliver me out of the hand of the enemy.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)

To parents and family:

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for this child is born to bless the world and your family with a touch of Heaven on earth! May it be written that History will remember the day when this life was born, for this is a child that will make a difference in the lives of many, when the mantle of his fathers will fall on his shoulders, as they graduate to their reward! Behold, it’s recorded in the annals of Heaven that an important life is born, one that will touch the hearts of many and make a difference in the world! He will be mighty amongst the people and will be “bold as a lion”! As little David was brave amongst his people and defended his flock from the lion and the bear, so will he be brave amongst My children and will defend those younger in the faith! He will nurture the little ones and will do exploits amongst men! Let it be written and recorded that this is a child who will be raised in the faith of his fathers and will inherit the mantle of love from his ancestors.”

Your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be their peace. (Isaiah 54:13)
Train up a child in the way to go: when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Prayer for Leonardo

Dear Father in Heaven,
we praise You and thank You for Leonardo, this special gift of a new life that You’ve blessed our family with. We trust You with the care of this child, and we pray that Your hand may be always upon him, to care for him and protect him from all evil; that he will find refuge under Your wings and have real joy, both in living and giving; that his life be rich and full of good things; that his heart be always joyful and pure; that Your angels accompany him through life, helping him and directing him to make the right choices; that he be filled with wisdom from above; that his life be a sample of righteousness and love for others; that he might fill the hearts of his parents and those around him with joy; that he be a blessing to many.
In the Name of your precious Son Jesus, our Lord, we pray. Amen.

Grandparents’ Blessing

May you live up to your name, Leonardo, and be “as bold as a lion”
to defend the weak and be a champion for truth and justice.
May you always have a song of gratitude in your heart,
and a positive outlook on the purpose of your life.
May you be temperate and wise in all things.
May you be generous and kind hearted to mankind.
May you be a man of peace and value the little things of life.
May you always have a word of encouragement and appreciation for all.
May your heart be full of inner joy that comes out in your countenance.
May you reach and fulfill all of your dreams.

Grateful to be your grandparents,

Renato and Patrizia

P.S.: You’re welcome to write your blessing for Leonardo in the comments box below.

3 Comments »

  • Jerry Graham said:

    Wow, Renato and Patrizia! You guys really set some pretty high standards for the rest of us who are blessed to be grandparents to reach for. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. You’ve got some beautiful grandbabies.
    Love,
    Jerry & Sharon

  • Randy Peck said:

    Hi Renato and Patrizia, I second what Jerry says. Your prayer of blessing is wonderful. What a great way for a new baby to start his life. You are raising the bar (the standard) for godly grandparents, which is a good thing. Many blessings from America! Randy

  • Ben Stewart said:

    Our dear Leonardo, your life is a blessing not only to your mom and dad, your grandparents on both sides of your family but your blessing of life reaches me in North Carolina. Blessings fill my heart to overflowing in knowing the hearts of your grandparents, Renato and Patrizia; your birth an added blessing.

    In the years to come I know you will bless the lives of those you touch as your foreparents have done and continue to do. Your purity at birth, may this purity always serve as a reflection of our creator’s wisdom, our guide to wholeness in Christ Jesus. Know too that I will pray for you throughout my life prayers of intercession. As it is with our grandchildren, prayers of adoration, encouragement and illumination in our Lord and Father of life.

    In truth we seek, in practice we serve our Risen Savior. Leonardo Gerard Langley, I love you.

    Your loving brother, Ben