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Psalm 121: The Traveler’s Prayer

Psalm 121 - The Traveler's Prayer
The Travelers Prayer

Back in 1975, I took my first trip on an airplane.  Before boarding, my mother gave me a hug and handed me a folded piece of paper, and said to me,”This is the Traveler’s Prayer.  Recite it before the airplane takes off.”

When I got on the plane, I opened the piece of paper and on it she had scrawled Psalm 121.  I did as she had asked and recited the Psalm before take-off.   I have carried this tradition throughout my entire life.  Part of my pre-travel routine has become the Psalm 121.  I get a sense of peace and security when I recite it.  In helps to solidify my faith.  Each time I recite it, I am reminded of my mother and I find myself back at that small airport in 1975 getting ready to fly for the first time.

It doesn’t matter if I am flying, driving, biking or hiking.  If it is a journey of any sort, I recite Psalm 121.  It doesn’t matter if my travel is for business or pleasure, I always recite the Psalm.

My faith is extremely important to me. It goes with me on every business call I make and is a part of my every day life.  It is who I am.

I have made reciting the Psalm a tradition.  Perhaps you have a similar tradition.  If you don’t, no worries.  I offer you mine:

Psalm 121 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.


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