Try an Epiphany Chalk House Blessing
January 6th is Epiphany – the day when we celebrate the journey and the symbolism of the magi that followed the star. Years ago I shared an Epiphany Chalk House Blessing. There are lots of new people in our congregation now so I pass this on to you so that you might consider your own version of a House Blessing where you live! As you consider the gifts that the magi brought to the Christ child, think about how your home and your lives might be a blessing to those around you in your neighborhood and community.
Find some chalk and gather with your family around the entrance to your home. You may use liturgical forms (“The Lord be with you…” etc.), songs, and hymns, or you may simply offer a prayer together. Use the chalk to write around the doorpost something which represents to you that you have been there and offered this prayer. You might write “GBOH 2012” (God Bless Our Home 2012) or “2012 Joshua 24:15” or some other Bible verse. You may use the date and the initials of each family member…whatever works for you. At a minimum, try this:
Gather with chalk in hand and write a simple inscription.
Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Give everyone a moment to share their hopes for your family and home in the New Year.
Ask God to bless your home and your family. Here is a sample prayer: “Loving God, bless this home and all who live here. Give us good health, joy, love, and gentleness so that we might honor you in the way that we live our lives. May all who come to our home this year rejoice and find Christ living among us; and may we seek to serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forevermore. Amen.”