Honestly, before I fully committed I had to do a little research to understand exactly what she was expecting of me and whether I could do it in a way that would honor Christ and his Word. This is not a part of my tradition!
Like many in this city she has a catholic background but has been in and out of other churches throughout her adult life. She desired to start out well in her new home and wanted God's blessing on her new space. She was comfortable with this practice because it was traditional for her.
Because I wanted to honor her, build on the relationship we have established and to have the opportunity to continue to serve her and share the Good News of Jesus with her I said "Yes."
I found several suggested manuscripts from the Catholic Church, removed the holy water, the Virgin Mary and the complicated language... and added to it some additional scripture, more gospel centered language and some focused time of prayer for her family and her home.
What a beautiful conversation and experience we had together today opening God's Word and praying together that Christ would fill her life and her home with joy and comfort and strength and protection. And that she would know Christ and represent him well with everyone who entered her home.
The whole experience reminded me of 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.