Bless Us and Keep Us

Friend and Lover, bless us and keep us; Light of the world, shine on our faces; Transfigured Yeshua, lift us to glory. May the darkness of night deepen and dazzle.

Prayer at Night’s Approaching, Jim Cotter

An old friend gets annoyed if anyone says “bless you” when she sneezes, much less “God bless you.” Sure, it’s archaic, but I love it when someone blesses me. For God to bless and keep me – well, as they say, it doesn’t get any better than that. And when I can sing with the Psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”; when I can lift up my voice and magnify the Lord; when I can praise God, I can only do so because God is blessing and keeping me. So here we are asking our Friend and Lover to bless us and keep us as we get ready to retire – what a privilege, what a Friend what a blessing, indeed!

Offered by Bill Albritton, child of God

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

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