bless us on the Way

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Our brother Jesus, you set our feet upon the way
   and sometimes where you lead we do not like or understand.
Bless us with courage where the way is fraught with dread or danger;
bless us with graceful meetings where the way is lonely;
bless us with good companions where the way demands a common cause;
bless us with night vision where we travel in the dark,
   keen hearing where we have not sight,
   to hear the reassuring sounds of fellow travelers;
bless us with humour – we cannot travel lightly weighed down with gravity;
bless us with humility to learn from those around us;
bless us with decisiveness where we must move with speed;
bless us with lazy moments, to stretch and rest and savour;
bless us with love, given and received; and
bless us with you presence, even when we know it in your absence.
Lead us into exile,
until we find that on the road
  is where you are,
and where you are is going home.
Bless us, lead us, love us, bring us home
  bearing the Gospel of life.

Kathy Galloway, Church of Scotland minister


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And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.
Blessed shall you be in the city, and
blessed shall you be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb
  and the fruit of your ground
  and the fruit of your cattle,
  the increase of your herds and the young of your flock.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and
blessed shall you be when you go out.

 

 

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