Benediction for an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Several people have asked me for the benediction for Sunday night’s Dover Area Religious Leaders’ Association interfaith service. It is very simple, but, of course, being the introvert I am, it was still written … on the margins of the bulletin.

You have blessed yourselves by your presence tonight to give thanks across boundaries in a time when the willingness to do that is desperately needed and we are so frequently divided by background and tradition, by religion and race, ethnicity and economic differences, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, ability, education, and when our fears, even the reasonable ones, all too easily mutate into hatred.

So for this Thanksgiving season …
May you be blessed in your waking and in your sleeping.
May you be blessed in your travels and in your homing.
May you be blessed when you give and when you receive,
when you sit at tables of welcome
and when you walk together in peace.

DARLA Thanksgiving -- combined choirs

DARLA Thanksgiving — soprano section of combined choirs

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