Daily Worship

A prayer for blessing a house

Albert Bogle February 20, 2023 2 4
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Psalm 121 (NRSVA)

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time on and for evermore.

We should note from this psalm that it is not the bricks and mortar that contain the blessing. We carry the blessing within ourselves. As we cross the threshold of our homes we carry the blessing of God upon our lives into the world around us. We bring the blessing into the supermarket and into the workplace, into the sports arena and the hairdressers’. Wherever we go we cannot be diminished because he has promised that he will preserve us. In other words, he will keep our identities safe. It is not our surroundings that give us courage and strength to be. It is the blessing of God that rests upon us, preserving our going out and our coming in. So when you turn the key and cross the threshold into a familiar place that feels so lonely, remember you bring the blessing that turns loneliness into a home.





I offer to you our home

May all who cross the threshold be blessed

May strangers become friends

Embraced with love and acceptance


Even when I myself have become the stranger

Let the blessings within be aroused

Like one entering a colony of heaven

Rearrange the furniture of my life


Make my heart more outgoing

My ears more attentive

My mind more thoughtful

My hands more willing to serve


Open my eyes to see beyond the hills

To encounter your eternal love

A love that is shaping the world around me

Let me be part of that shaped love

Touching those who feel forgotten

Embracing those who feel unloved


And when I turn to go home

Make me aware of the blessing

When I turn the key

To go out or come in

May I be ever thankful

That you have promised to preserve my life.