May nothing evil cross this door
and may ill fortune
never pry about these windows
May roar and rain go by.
By faith made strong the rafters will
withstand the battering of the storm
This hearth, though all the world
grow cold, will keep you warm.
Peace shall walk softly through these rooms
touching our lips with holy wine
till every casual corner blooms
into a holy shrine.
With laughter drown the raucous shout
and, though these sheltering walls are thin,
may they be strong to keep hate out
and hold love in.
*From the Unitarian Universalist hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, hymn #1. We actually use this, slightly modified, in our home blessing and cleansing.