We started teaching our son prayers in utero and are grateful that we did! From the very first day we were given the news that our baby existed, we spoke to, and prayed with our tiny Sweetheart.
Throughout our pregnancy, I wrote letters to our little one, and then shared them afterwards with his Daddy. Instinctively, these little notes often included a prayer. Our day always ended with night prayers together as a family; “let’s pray baby!” we would say. In our hearts, we knew our baby was listening no matter how small he or she happened to be.
The following prayer is included in a book called A Treasury of Prayers (2010) which is published by the Parishioners of Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church. We submitted this in honour of Keaton and to perhaps inspire others to remember their little ones when they pray.
It brings us a lot of comfort knowing that although Keaton is no longer in our arms, we are still able to pray as a family each and every day, just like we did when we were pregnant and expecting the arrival of our first born. We have faith that as we hold hands in prayer here on earth, our son also joins us with praises from heaven.
Goodnight sweetheart, we love you…
PRAYER FOR OUR BABY
Dearest Little One, may our Heavenly Father bless and protect you, keeping you safe wherever you may go. Mommy and Daddy love you very much and always will. We are so thankful to be given the gift of life from God, our Creator. Pray my child, that Jesus will cradle you in His arms as you continue to grow in His peace and love. May you be nourished spiritually by this love, remembering that our love for you is also never-ending. We joyfully anticipate the day when we will be able to see you face to face, look into your innocent eyes and hold you in our arms together. Amen