Epiphany: Bless this house

Today, the 12th day of Christmas is Epiphany. Typically this is the day to commemorate the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus, but also the Baptism of the Lord. Mark Roberts sums up the significance of the day in a new way for me today in his devotion for High Calling Blogs. This got me thinking about symbols and dedications. Our new house will be dedicated today the traditional way. We’ll post in chalk the numbers and letters, 20CMB11, on the top door frame, as others will do today as well. We want to be reminded of how we appear, as Christ followers, and as a Christian home, going out and coming in. For more complete information I recommend this resource, An Epiphany Blessing, at the General Board of Discipleship, a United Methodist Church organization. 

Bless This House

Bless this house, O Lord we pray,
Make it safe by night and day . . .
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out . . .
Bless the roof and chimneys tall,
Let thy peace lie overall . . .
Bless this door that it may prove,
Ever open,
To joy and love . . .
Bless these windows shining bright,
Letting in God’s Heavenly light,
Bless the hearth, a blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer!
Bless the people here within,
Keep them pure and free from sin . . .
Bless us all that we may be,
Fit O Lord to dwell with thee . . .
Bless us all that one day we may dwell,
O Lord! With Thee!

Words and Music by Helen Taylor and May H. Morgan ( a.k.a. Brahe ), 1927

Art/Illustration above by Joseph Christian Leyendecker.

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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