This prayer I wrote for my daughter on her 18th birthday. In our country when a girl reaches 18 the family gives her a coming of age party to introduce her to society as a lady. However for me this event was a prayer that she may live to the fullest the faith that was transmitted to her as a child and that same faith be her fervent guide now as she faces life as an adult. I wrote it in such a way that the first letter of the first word in each stanza are the letters that make up her name so that my prayer comes out as ANDREA
As fully now my gentle daughter blooms may she cleave to the teachings she has heard to seek each day your hidden secret room and there listen raptly to your word.
Never neglecting her heart’s true desire which only obedience to your word can give for keeping the joy that it inspires makes it the only way to live.
Do thou then to her give gladness to fathom the healing in every wound to see the light in every blindness and find in every pain the boon!
Resound deep in her heart always the greetings to Mary on the cross the willingness to bravely face the anguish raw in every loss.
Every kind to those in need bold ever to defend the weak opening her heart in every word and deed with all this bless as I speak
A woman now she stands a sweetness for me so rare may her life be to others, a helping hand this on Lord is my humble prayer!