Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children: A Program about Our Unitarian Universalist Community for Preschoolers

Leader Resource 1: A House Blessing

By Welleran Poltarnees. Used with permission from Laughing Elephant Publishing.

Use this text from the book A House Blessing by Welleran Poltarnees as inspiration and create a simple blessing of the building, appropriate for preschoolers.

I bless this house and all those who dwell within it, and wish for them a full potion of life's beauty.

May the strength of its walls make you safe, keeping peace within and troubles without; but through its open windows and doors let nature come.

All who live and visit here shall be friends. Kindliness and harmony shall be the watchwords.

Let the mealtimes be far more than the fulfillment of a necessity. In this home food shall be prepared with grace, and eaten with gratitude.

May this be a place where the laughter of babies is heard and the gravity of children is answered with loving respect.

May this house warm in the winter, and by the fires of an open hearth let comradeship and imagination flower.

When the sun is ablaze, here shall coolness and shade hold away.

Let this be a place of peace, offering refuge from the chaos and doubt, and manifesting in its orderliness, a model for the larger world.

I wish for all of you the blessings of the night, which blanket us with calm, and through its burning stars and liquid moonlight allow our hearts to flower.

May beauty reign here, and lovely objects renew us by their silence and perfection.

I wish for you, in this sheltered place, the freedom, calm and leisure to play and explore.

May all celebrations be, in this house, feasts of creativity and companionship.

Bless this house. May angels guard its corners, and may gifts fall upon it as snow and rain falls upon a field. Let those within it share numberless passages of sun and moon, and happiness fill them to overflowing.

A home does and always will make a difference in people's lives.