Naming Ceremony Readings

Readings can express so many emotions. You have a choice of doing one yourself or asking a friend, or a member of your family, to find a special poem or piece of writing to suit the occasion

Here are a few examples :

* A Mother's Wish

I hope my children look back on today
and see a mother, who had time to play
There will be years for cleaning and cooking
but children grow up, when you are not looking
Tomorrow I'll do all the chores you can mention
but today, my babies need time and attention
So, settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep
I'm cuddling my babied, and babies don't keep

* Quaker Reading

We do not own the world
and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will
Show a loving consideration for all creatures
and try to maintain the beauty and variety of the world
Work to ensure
that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly
with reverence for life

* Anonymous blessing

Be true to those who trust you
Be pure for those who care
Be strong, for there is much to suffer

Be brave, for there is much to dare
Be a friend to all, the foe, the friendless
Be giving and forget the gift
Be humble, for you know your weakness
and then, look up and live

* from the Omaha American Indians

Sun, Moon, Stars
all you who move in the heavens -
hear us
Into our midst has come new life
Make her / his path smooth
that she/he may reach the brow of the first hill

Winds, Clouds, Rain, Mist
all you who move in the air -
hear us
Into our midst has come new life
Make her / his path smooth
that she / he may reach the brow of the second hill

Hills, Valleys, Rivers, Lakes, Trees, Grasses
all you of the earth -
hear us
Into our midst has come new life
make her , his path smooth
that she /he may reach the brow of the third hill

Birds, great and small, that fly in the air
Animals, great and small, that dwell in the forest
Insect that creep among the grasses and burrow in the ground -
hear us
Into our midst has come a new life
Make her / his path smooth
that she / he may reach the brow of the fourth hill

All you, of the heavens
all you of the air
all you of the earth -
hear us
Into our midst has come a new life
Make her / his path smooth
then shall she / he travel beyond the four hills

* from the Upanishads

Lead us from death to life
from falsehood to truth
Lead us from despair to hope
from fear to trust
Lead us from hate to love
from war to peace
Let peace fill our hearts
our worlds, our universe

* All things bright and beautiful by CF Alexander

* Morning has broken by E Farjeon

* Anonymous

I have seen a mother at a cot -
so I know what love is
I have looked into the eyes of a child -
so I know what faith is
I have seen a rainbow -
so I know what beauty is
I have felt the pounding of the sea -
so I know what power is
I have planted a tree -
so I know what hope is
I have seen a chrysalis burst into life -
so I know what mystery is
I have lost a friend -
so I know what sorrow is
I have seen a stardecked sky -
so I know what infinity is
I have seen and felt all these things -
so I know what Life is

* Children learn, what they live by DL Nolte

If children live with criticism
they learn to condemn
If children live with hostility
they learn how to fight
If children live with ridicule
they learn to be shy
If children live wirh shame
they learn to feel guilty

If children live with tolerance
they learn to be patient
If children live with encouragement
they learn to have confidence
If children live with praise
they learn to appreciate
If children live with fairness
they learn justice
If children live with security
they learn to have faith
If children live with approval
they learn to like themselves
If children live with love around them
they learn to give love to the world

*

A Poem for Parents

There are little eyes upon you
and they are watching day and night
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say

There are little hands all eager
to do everything you do
and little children , who are dreaming
of the day they'll be like you

You're their idol
you're the wisest of the wise
in their little minds , about you
no suspicions ever rise

There are wide-eyed little children
who believe you're always right

You are setting an example
every day in all you do
for the little children , who are waiting
to grow up to be just like you