Benediction, May the peace of God… — Jim Burklo, USA

May the peace of God surround you

Like the trees of the forest

May the peace of God warm you all over

Like the sun in the sky

May the peace of God swell and roll over you

Like a wave in the sea

May the peace of God fill you

Like the cool wind

May the peace of God be with you

Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes regularly for the liturgy project.  Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book Birdlike and Barnless:  Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians  (2008, St Johann Press).  Explore his blog at


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