You may think that a blessing is something you get at the end of a church service, or in the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures where we read of the many times that people receive blessings from God or from others. Or you may know that you say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. This month we will be reflecting on the blessings of the earth.
Star attended an organic farming conference, and was in a workshop that talked about blessings as they walked around a garden, and then I met new friend and colleague who reminded me of Jan L. Richardson who writes about blessings. She says: “An ancient literary form, a blessing is a distinctive constellation of words designed to call upon and convey God’s deepest desire for our wholeness and well-being, both individually and in community.” Richardson, Jan. Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons (Kindle Locations 108-109). Wanton Gospeller Press. Kindle Edition.
So this month our spiritual practice is blessing. I will post some by Richardson, and John O’Donahue and then you are invited to write some and send them in.
“…a blessing is a channel of the Divine, a profound means of grace that has the capacity to open our eyes so that we might recognize and receive the help of the One who created us in love and whose deepest desire for us is that we be whole.” Richardson, Jan. Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons (Kindle Locations 118-119). Wanton Gospeller Press. Kindle Edition.
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