Beloved grownups, whether your children have just gotten their COVID-19 vaccinations, or have an appointment coming up soon, we offer you a blessing for this important moment. Follow along with the video, or read the words below together.
Spirit of life, be with us as these children receive their vaccines. We know the shot hurts for a quick second, but that’s not the only thing we feel.
Kids and parents, you can repeat each line that starts with “May You” after us, and change “You” to “I.” We’ll reply to you with words of blessing. Parents if your child is too little to share the blessing words with you, we invite you to hold your hands over your heart and offer this blessing to yourself.
Grownup: May I feel grateful.
Kid: May I feel grateful.
Grownup: We are so thankful that this day has FINALLY arrived – and we are thankful for all the scientists, nurses, doctors, and helpful smart people whose work made this vaccine possible. Their hard work is helping all of us, right now.
Grownup: May I feel connected.
Kid: May I feel connected.
Grownup: Your family, your church, and your community are with you, and you are with them. Even after all these months, you are not alone.
Grownup: May I feel capable and proud.
Kid: May I feel capable and proud.
Grownup: When we get vaccines, we become part of a circle of safety, health, and care around others. Your vaccine helps all of us!
Grownup: May I feel confident and strong.
Kid: May I feel confident and strong.
Grownup: Your family is safer! New molecules within us are working hard to supercharge our amazing bodies.
Grownup: May you feel patient, for just a little while longer.
Kid: May I feel patient.
Grownup: The wonders of science will be busy inside our bodies, and their work takes time (sometimes 6 whole weeks of time!). It’s not time to throw out our masks and hand sanitizer yet. You’ve got this.
Grownup: May you feel open-hearted.
Kid: May I feel open-hearted.
Grownup: You have felt so much frustration, worry, hope, anger, gratefulness, and joy over the last year and a half. We are holding these feelings with you, and we can keep feeling everything we need to feel, together.
Grownup: May you feel loved.
Kid: May I feel loved.
Grownup: When you say yes to this shot, you are saying yes to love for yourself and everyone.