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This Blessing

This Blessing


Blessing in the Round

This blessing

cannot help it;

it’s the way

it was designed.

Lay it down

and it rises again.

Release it

and it returns.

Give it away

and it makes a path

back to you.

There is no explaining

how it delights

in reappearing

when you have ceased

to hold it,

no hiding the sly smile

it wears

when it shows up

at your door,

no mistaking the wonder

when it circles back around

just at the moment

you thought you had

spent it completely,

had poured it out

with abandon

where you saw

the deepest thirst for it,

had put it entirely

in the hands

of those desperate

in their hunger.

But here it is,

the perfect circle of it

pressing into your hand

that curls around it

and then lets go,


and releasing

and receiving again

like the breath

that does not belong to us

but sets us in motion.

Reflection for the Second Sunday in Lent (March 4, 2012)

This reflection, by Jan Richardson, is part of the series “Teach Me Your Paths: A Pilgrimage into Lent.” If you’re new to the series, visit the first post, Teach Me Your Paths: Entering Lent, to pick it up from the beginning.

Image above and on front-page mastheads: “For The Sake Of The Gospel,” by Jan Richardson.

Words above by Jan Richardson.


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