THE BLESSING OF WATER AND LIGHT AND AIR (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Lyrics

The blessing of water and light and air,
the blessing of earth and its beauty
and the time to discover God’s world of joy:
this blessing be given us all.

The blessing of friendship and bread to share,
the blessing of music and laughter
and the time to discover God’s power of love:
this blessing be given us all.

The blessing of God who is wholly God,
the blessing of Jesus our Teacher
and the Spirit whose breath is our life’s own breath:
this blessing be given us all.

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, page 157): “This was my Christmas greeting to friends in 2007. I once saw a blessing on the wall of a home in the Phillippines which has stayed with me, mostly because it sharpens the element of transcience, and time slipping away:”

“Bless our home, Father,
that we cherish the bread before there is none,
discover each other before we leave
and enjoy each other for what we are,
while we have time.”

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