living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

farewell prayer

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This page features four prayers for blessing those who are about to leave you. The first prayer is for any friend that may be moving away, whether this be a pastor, family member or other loved one. The second prayer is appropriate for a leaving service for a teacher or principal, and the next one is suitable for saying farewell to students at a graduation ceremony. The final prayer is a beautiful ancient Irish blessing entitled "May The Road Rise Up To Meet You".

Farewell Prayer
(a prayer to pray for those moving away)

Father God,

As we say farewell to our loved ones we entrust them into your care. We pray for happiness and joy to be ahead of them, for wisdom and guidance to be beside them, and for grace and truth to be behind them, pushing them onwards into your goodness. We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go.


"May The Road Rise Up To Meet You"

is an ancient Celtic blessing. It can be used as a prayer for those leaving that they would be ever conscious they are held in the palm of God's hand. The following is a beautiful contemporary song interpretation of this prayer:-

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"We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go"

Farewell Prayer for Teacher

Lord God,

Thank you for the extraordinary love, commitment and creativity this wonderful teacher has given this school.
Thank you for the way he/she has served us and given out so much to the children we care for.

We pray that he/she would go on to find new treasures each day, and that the blessing of Christ would be upon all that he/she does, forevermore.


bible quote about the plans of God with trees and road in background

click here for prayers suitable for closing a meeting with.

Farewell Prayer for Students
(a prayer suitable for closing a graduation or school leavers service with)

May God's blessing follow you all as you find new journeys to travel. May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams.
May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.
May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,
And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day.


May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

(celtic blessing)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(these are the original words to the blessing that is in the video on this page.)

quotes from the bible about travel

"Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast."

(Psalm 139:7-10, NIV)

"God has always been your defense; his eternal arms are your support"

(Deuteronomy 33:27, GNT)


further reading

arrow right graduation ceremony prayers
prayers for blessing and saying farewell to students.

arrow right prayers for safe journeys
with two prayers for safety and protection when flying or driving.

arrow right work and employment
featuring several petitions for work life, with a prayer for nurses and office workers.