Friday, August 06, 2004

Prayer for Home

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 its 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 eachother, ever warm.

May it be a refuge for their love,
A harbour 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 winds blow far from their front door,
May the winter rains never bring them harm.
May their hearth fires burn throughout the night,
Grant them sleep until morning's perfect light.

by: Fernando Ortega
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Tis the season for weddings. Ben, Nate, Britt and I were going to sing this song at Rachel and Jason's stag and doe, but for reasons I can't remember it didn't happen. In preperation to sing this song, I had to listen to it repeatedly. As such, the tune is now engraved into my memory, and I can't say that I mind. The lyrics, to me, are everything that a prayer for a bride and groom should be. So, I was thinking about the upcoming nuptuals of Joleen Bosma and Steve Kater, and Maria Dekker and Steve VanderKlippe (both weddings taking place this coming saturday), and the words to this song kept creeping into my head. There are worse songs to hang onto, to be sure!
Anyhow, I wish God's blessings to those getting married this weekend, and I pray that they may have a meaningful and memorable day filled with the support of family and friends.

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