This blessing prayer by Macrina Wiederkehr is just what we need as a community at this time in the year. It is important to reflect on how we must be a blessing to each other. When hurt is inflicted it is a deliberate choice not to honour the dignity of other persons. We are responsible for ensuring the best for each other and this comes at a price of trust, generosity and self-giving. When someone is in need, we hope that appropriate intervention and gentle challenge may come their way. There is no room for blame and retribution. Who among us has not need of forgiveness and grace?
What is a blessing but a rain of grace
falling generously into the lives of those in need;
and who among us is without need?
May the Spirit touch our spirit.
May this day be a pathway strewn with blessings.
May our work this day be our love made visible.
May we breathe upon the wounds of those
which whom we work.
May we open ourselves to God’s breathing.
May we honour the flame of love that burns inside us.
May our voice this day be a voice of
May our life be an answer to someone’s prayer.
May we own a grateful heart.
May we have enough joy to give one another hope,
enough pain to make each other wise.
May there be no room in our heart for hatred.
May we be free from violent thoughts.
When we look into the window of our soul
may we see the face of God.
May the lamp of our life shine upon all we meet this day.