I bless the earth
for nurturing the daffodil
in secret until the robins are ready
to herald its cheery bloom.
I bless the spring peepers
for freezing solid in wintery woods
to wait faithfully until the early spring thaw
beckons love’s chorus.
I bless the sun
for biding its time through the night
without fear of shadows or stillness until the dawn
has its shades of blush ready to paint.
I bless the soloist
for lingering over and letting go of
every note so reluctantly until even eternity
holds its breath with longing.
I bless the Everlasting God
for abiding beyond hours and seasons
with mysterious patience until the rigidity of chronos
yields to the miracle of kairos for life.
Breathe in: the loveliness of God.
Breathe out: to articulate God’s grace.
Breathe in: the spirit of God.
Breathe out: with purpose as God’s image.
Breathe in: the wild creativity of God.
Breathe out: to embody your God-given gifts.
Breathe in: the delight of God for you.
Breathe out: with joy in being.
Breathe in: the peace of God’s presence.
Breathe out: and take the journey before you.
on Ephesians 2:10
May the LORD light your path
and gladden your journey
with friends and strangers.
May God shout with joy for you
and enlist your laughter
in creation’s redemption.
May hope be nearer
than trouble or fear. And always,
may God speak peace to your heart
by its reverence and love.
that your radiance
splashes like a fountain
raining grace and joy and beauty
on all of life as it emerges
from the eternal pool,
and our footsteps
drip with rainbows as we
live and grow and love each day
like gold flowing in the veins
of the mountains, like
where earth’s fierce fire
has eased its rage; so we are
the byproduct and testimony of the Holy
Process that delights to move
the immovable and
to enliven the
but our breath is
the sunrise and our every
move is a seed breaking wide open;
who knows if today you will be an iris while I
might be a purple tulip, and perhaps
tomorrow we will be
and we will blaze
wherever God calls us to
stretch, to grow, to dissipate the clouds;
and so it goes to God’s glory, to whom belongs
beauty for eternity and the life of these most blessed days.
on 1 Peter 2:4-5
When you are weary,
may the LORD show you a well.
When you are embattled,
may the name of the LORD be your guard.
When you are lost and scared,
may God send you a kind companion.
When you are found,
may you return the favor.
When all hell breaks loose,
may heaven rush to your support.
When you no longer believe,
may love break you open to hope.
A blessing in the spirit of Psalm 20.
For additional encouragement through the ongoing work of justice, I suggest Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto’s blogpost, “All the Charlestons: We Press On for Justice.”