Irish poet and priest John O’Donohue says, “it would be infinitely lonely to live in a world without blessing. The word evokes a sense of warmth and protection; it suggests that no life is alone or unreachable.” We approaching the end of 2014 and in honour of all that you have experienced this year, I offer John’s wisdom.
Blessing At The End Of The Year
As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought,
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.
The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.
Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seems to have quenched.
The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.
The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.
Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.
We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destinations.
And So It Is
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