An Expectant Mother’s Prayer

From the Lutheran Book of Prayer:

“O great God and Father of all who call upon You, magnificent are Your works; I glorify Your holy name. You are my helper; complete what You have begun in me, and keep this child safe from all harm, and daily bestow on us health and strength. Guide me through Your Spirit, and let me be constantly mindful of my privilege and my responsibility as a mother. At all times let me place my trust in You and Your fatherly care, knowing that from generation to generation Your mercy is upon those who lean upon You. I commit both my child and myself to Your mercy and goodness. Relying on Jesus, my dear Redeemer, I pray, give me calmness, patience, and quiet happiness, and make me, in good time, a joyous mother of a happy child, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”