Baby blessings are all about WELCOME.
The absolute essence of the ceremony is a huge YES to a new life. And it is my belief that in feeling our wholehearted YES for a new life, we receive the grace to say a wholehearted YES to our own being on this earth.
There is an African proverb that says that it takes an entire village to rear a child. I like to think that in gathering a group of loving family and friends together, we are invoking that notion of “village”. Although those who come to the ceremony may not be in the baby’s life on a daily basis, the parents invite in the love and warmth and welcome of people to support them in the journey of parenthood. Those of us who are parents (and I guess those of us who have parents!) know that parenting is not an easy undertaking.
In their tiny beautiful perfection, babies remind us all that life is constantly being renewed. A baby blessing invites blessings on the baby, the family, and the village of admirers.