December 31, 2015

New Year’s Prayer :: Blessing from Joyce Rupp

Posted in Blessing, New Year's Prayer at 8:35 am by davebayne

I hope for you in this new year…

That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with the Source of Goodness who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul

That you find meaning, purpose, and vitality in what you do daily

That you treasure your loved ones and let them know how dear they are to you

That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self

That you look in the mirror at least once a day and smile in happy amazement

That you remember relationships are what count above all else – more than work or money, or all the material things we spend so much time tending

That you live in an uncluttered manner, enjoying the freedom to be content

That you keep your sense of humor when things don’t go the way you want

That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of creation
which constantly present themselves to you

That you never give up on yourself when others turn away or do not understand

That you are attentive to the health of your body, mind and spirit

That you take risks and accept the growth-full challenges that come to you

That you draw on your inner strength and resiliency when you are in need

That you carry peace within yourself, allowing it to slip into the hearts of others
so our planet becomes a place where violence, division, and war are no more

By Joyce Rupp, January 2004
http://www.joycerupp.com/newyears2004.html

December 6, 2014

Advent Blessing :: Blessing the Way

Posted in Advent, Blessing at 1:00 am by davebayne

With every step
you take
this blessing rises up
to meet you.

It has been waiting
long ages for you.
Look close

and you can see
the layers of it,
how it has been fashioned
by those who walked
this road before you

how it has been created
of nothing but
their determination
and their dreaming,

how it has taken
its form
from an ancient hope
that drew them forward
and made a way for them
when no way could be
seen.

Look closer
and you will see
this blessing
is not finished,

that you are part
of the path
it is preparing

that you are how
this blessing means
to be a voice
within the wilderness

and a welcome
for the way.

By Jan Richardson on http://adventdoor.com
(http://adventdoor.com/2011/12/01/advent-2-blessing-the-way/)