I wrote this years ago for the birth of a friend’s first child. I’ve shared it with several new moms over the years.
Now, I share it with my daughter and son-in-law, Emma and Jake Williams, on the occasion of the birth of their first child, Riley Jean, on March 23, 2018.
Words are truly too small to capture or convey my joy, pride and hope in this moment.
Riley, my lovely girl, Papa loves you…
THIS SINGLE ACT
God touches us in many ways.
But perhaps He is most with us in our child’s first breath.
For, in this single act, which, for too many, has lost much of its
awesome mystery to the
cynicism of time and science, the Lord of All confirms His
presence in us, continues
His love for us and confers His powers on us.
In this single Act, God brings together all the majesty of nature,
the love of humanity,
the joy and hope that He controls.
In this single act, there is magic enough to bring reverence for
the power of Heaven.
In this single act, the hand of the Spirit – that part of Himself that
God grants every person – opens the door of our heart to show us the
Way to Truth.
For in this single act, God gives us another chance to redeem ourselves
by teaching this new creation
to find happiness, foster peace and rejoice in
Humanity cannot ask for nor expect a greater gift, for
In this single act, God proves His existence and grace,
His image mirrored in the eyes
of our own.
In this single act, we find our way back to God, whose love
brings us to the world and shields us
from its pain
In this single act we can truly justify God’s unending faith
in the ultimate goodness of the