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Advent Word 19 - Bless

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

One of my “go-to” books is “To Bless the Space Between Us” by John O’Donohue.  This book has a blessing for just about everything – for life’s transitions, for various emotions, for family members, for callings, for beginnings, for endings.  Whenever I am feeling the need for a blessing, something in this book speaks to me.

In honor of the Advent season, I want to share with you O’Donohue’s “A Blessing of Angels.”  It is not just the shepherds who were blessed by the angels, but each and every one of us.

 May the Angels in their beauty bless you.

May they turn toward you streams of blessing.

 May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart

To come alive to the eternal within you,

To all the invitations that quietly surround you.

 May the Angel of Healing turn your wounds

Into sources of refreshment.

 May the Angel of the Imagination enable you

To stand on the true thresholds,

At ease with your ambivalence

And drawn in new direction

Through the glow of your contradictions.

 May the Angel of Compassion open your eyes

To the unseen suffering around you.

 May the Angel of Wildness disturb the places

Where your life is domesticated and safe,

Take you to the territories of true otherness

 Where all that is awkward in you

Can fall into its own rhythm.

 May the Angel of Eros introduce you

To the beauty of your senses

To celebrate your inheritance

As a temple of the holy spirit.

 May the Angel of Justice disturb you

To take the side of the poor and the wronged.

 May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you

In worth and self-respect,

That you may live with the dignity

That presides in your soul.

 May the Angel of Death arrive only

When your life is complete

And you have brought every given gift

To the threshold where its infinity can shine.

 May all the Angels be your sheltering

And joyful guardians.


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