Once upon a time, in a time not too long ago,
There lived a couple in a land quite distant
From the place they now call home.
They had decided, the two of them together
That their hearts would be on Mission
And they would be content as a family of two... forever.
With sweat and tears and sometimes blood, they toiled and they prayed
For a people they did not know, yet loved none the less, anyway.
Then, allofasudden and quite surprisingly fast
A boy child came to them and they knew he was their first
And thought their very last.
But lo and behold, and soon after that
There was a discovery they never thought possible to be
For unbeknownst to them someone Grew!
Against every probability.
So surprised were they, and unable to contain all joy
They called their family across the great water
Even though it be their darkest midnight hour
And after a period of time, that seemed to last
Once upon a time, finally.
And most assuredly.
What name shall be given to this first to break forth
Out of the darkness and into the light
Shall it be Gloria? Shall it be Grace?
No. Neither alone seemed just right.
Why not put them together? They ring so beautifully.
Like the sound of lavished love upon a child
Gloria Grace was simply meant to be.
Five years to the day has she grown now
Five birthdays she's called her own
Five years in hopes that before the first stone
Gloria Grace would be read in The Book of His Foreknown
So, dear Gloria Grace with your radiant face
This is our prayer for you.
That one day soon at just the right time
You would be made anew.
Anew with a Glory and anew by a Grace
Anew by the One who formed you to be
Anew by a Motion set forth before Once Upon a Times
Anew with new life to be breathed.
For this is life's purpose to know and be known
By Him Who holds all things together
For He is full of grace and truth
And wonder that outlasts forever.
He works in the lands of minds and hearts
Calling forth those who are His
Those He's given ears to hear
Those with new lives to be lived.
He conforms and He molds and He breaks and He builds
And He gives And He takes And He injures and He heals.
All things for good
And all things for His glory
Not one moment is lost or misplaced
In Divine Love's allegory.
For God is The Giver Who gave you your everything
Every breath you breathe and every song you sing
We pray for you dear child, of our flesh and bone
That we would not be the only ones who call you our very own.
"In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his Glorious Grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved." (Eph 1)
We love you sweet Gloria Grace. Happy 5th Birthday! May you have many many more.