Blessing for the Longest Night — by Jan Richardson

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Blessing for the Longest Night — by Jan Richardson

Post by Welles » Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:37 pm

Blessing for the Longest Night — by Jan Richardson

All throughout these months
as the shadows
have lengthened,
this blessing has been
gathering itself,
making ready,
preparing for
this night.

It has practiced
walking in the dark,
traveling with
its eyes closed,
feeling its way
by memory
by touch
by the pull of the moon
even as it wanes.

So believe me
when I tell you
this blessing will
reach you
even if you
have not light enough
to read it;
it will find you
even though you cannot
see it coming.

You will know
the moment of its
arriving
by your release
of the breath
you have held
so long;
a loosening
of the clenching
in your hands,
of the clutch
around your heart;
a thinning
of the darkness
that had drawn itself
around you.

This blessing
does not mean
to take the night away
but it knows
its hidden roads,
knows the resting spots
along the path,
knows what it means
to travel
in the company
of a friend.

So when
this blessing comes,
take its hand.
Get up.
Set out on the road
you cannot see.

This is the night
when you can trust
that any direction
you go,
you will be walking
toward the dawn.


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Re: Blessing for the Longest Night — by Jan Richardson

Post by Sandy » Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:27 am

Oh my... That is exactly what I needed to hear as I type through my tears, Welles. Thank you my friend. I think I need to print that one. :happy

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Sandy
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~Governor Andrew Cuomo~

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Re: Blessing for the Longest Night — by Jan Richardson

Post by Seeker13 » Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:32 pm

Welles,
This one was powerful... Powerful enough to stop a person in their tracks, reach into their heart and take the time to listen to the message of every word.

Thanks again Welles,
Kim
And Spirit whispered, "There are no limits."

We are akin to the aspen forests, seemingly separated but in actuality, one organism.

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