This is the final blessing from _Eternal Echoes_ by John O'Donohue. May each of you be abundantly blessed as you read this today, and always:
May you know that absence is full of tender presence and
that nothing is ever lost or forgotten,
May the absences in your life be full of eternal echo.
May you sense around you the secret Elsewhere which
holds the presences that have left your life.
May you be generous in your embrace of loss.
May the sore well of grief turn into a well of seamless
May your compassion reach out to the ones we never hear
from and may you have the courage to speak out for
the excluded ones.
May you become the gracious and passionate subject of
your own life.
May you not disrespect your mystery through brittle
words or false belonging
May you be embraced by God in whom dawn and twilight
are one, and may your belonging inhabit its deepest
dreams within the shelter of the Great Blessing.
Submitted to L-Center Discussion Group "In Charity and Peace," by
Serene Light, shining in the
Ground of my being,
Draw me to yourself,
Draw me past the snares of the senses,
Out of the mazes of the mind,
Free me from symbols, from words,
That I may discover
The Word Unspoken
In the darkness
That veils the ground of my being. Amen"
Meninger, William A. The Loving Search For God. Continuum, New York.
"A Blessing of Solitude"
May you recognize in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul. May you realize that you are never alone; that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your own individuality and difference. May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique, that you have a special destiny here that behind the facade of your life there is something beautiful, good and eternal happening. May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.
O'Donohue, John. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
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