I wish each of you abundant blessing in this new year. I very much appreciate the energy you bring with you when you come to this blog, and I am grateful for the energy you infuse into it. Together we experience God coming near.
GOD JUST CAME NEAR
In need of love
Can sit with my verse for
And then walk away without carrying
And feeling that God
Photo Credit: Daniel Tran Cathedral of Light Sydney’s festival, Vivid Sydney
And the feelings flattened and folded and
turned into something else, like emotional origami. Made to look pretty, but disguising something not at all attractive.
A Rule against Murder Louise Penny
Giddy with relief
We bid “Good Riddance!”
To the flattened and folded emotions of the old year,
Now smoldering embers of dashed dreams.
We stand poised to welcome a fresh start
Even as the embers flare up again,
Undulating on updrafts of promise-
Fleshed-out feelings inflated
With the expectation of transformation.
© Rita H Kowats 12-30-17
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Feast on this offering from John O’Donohue. Happy New Year!
A Blessing For The New Year
On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.
And when your eyes
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.
“A New Year Blessing”
Benedictus (To Bless The Space Between Us)
You may enjoy Krista Tippett’s interview with John O’Donohue months before he died January 2008:
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