Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Prayer for Home

I played this song on repeat for about a day when I was moving into my house 3 years ago; now as we're finishing up the basement and anticipating a dramatic increase of hospitality there, I've got Fernando Ortega's "Prayer for Home" on my mind again.

Grant them peace, most precious gift of all
Keep the worried world far away and small
When they return, may quiet fill their souls,
Dearest Lord, keep them safe within it's walls.

May the stone be cool beneath their feet.
The canyon breezes circle soft and sweet
When darkness falls, the stars and opal moon
Find them wrapped in each other, ever warm.


May it be a refuge for their love,
A harbor for their deepest prayer.
May they come to flourish in the grove,
Grow ever nearer to You there.

Many a burdened friend in their company rises,
A heavy heart is soon released to fly.
May their table be blessed with laughter and with grace
And by the comfort of kinship be surprised.


May the cold wind blow far from their front door
May the winter rains never bring them harm
May their hearthfires burn throughout the night
Grant them peace until morning's perfect light.

By the way, I'm leaving the country for the next 2 weeks, and I'm not sure how my Internet access will be, so this will be my last post until probably late the week of July 7.

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