The Barefoot Book of Blessings
from Many Faiths and Cultures
compiled by Sabrina Dearborn; illustrated by Olwyn Whelan
Whenever I was in need of a little interfaith uplift, I used to search a very cool site with prayers from around the world.
But the domain's been taken over by an evangelical site--or I've forgotten the URL. Not that an evangelical site's bad, mind you, it's just not the ecumenical smorgasbord I used to browse so raptly.
Thanks to Barefoot, I can at least offer my kids a snippet of soul-soothing reflections from different traditions. Here are two to get your weekend started right:
Blessed is the spot, and the house,
and the place, and the city,
and the heart, and the mountains,
and the refuge, and the cave,
and the valley, and the land,
and the sea, and the island,
and the meadow where mention
of God has been made
and his praise glorified
Blessing for a Journey
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the
Palm of his hand.