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The Lord bless you and keep you …

The Lord bless you and keep you …

      The Lord bless you and keep you 

This blessing is for you

in your waking and in your sleeping

in working and playing

in resting and worshipping

in cleaning and cooking

in caring for children

in sending emails

in commuting to and from work 

in questioning and doubting

in crying and grieving

in wondering and seeking

in reading and writing

in exhaustion and energy

in worry and uncertainty

this blessing goes with you

holding you tight

keeping you in God’s presence. 

     The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you 

Remember the Lord is never far from you

in the quiet of an early morning dawn

in the voices of friends and neighbors

in children’s laughter

in hallways of hospitals

in lanes of traffic

in the hiss of the tea kettle

in the clanging of pots and pans

in the chorus of birds

in the whispers of the wind

in the lapping of water

in the rush of cars

in the hooting owls

the Lord’s presence shining on you

enfolding you into care. 

     The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace – 

Remember this peace from God

that falls on you

and follows you

wherever you go

however you feel

and in whatever you do

peace for now

peace for tomorrow

peace for the world to come. 

Amen. 

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