Thursday, December 22, 2011

Here Comes the Sun

I have been on a little sabbatical since Dec. 1 -- time to rest and heal and get born a new way of being that allows for more breathing room, more sabbath, in my life and in particular how I embody my vocational call.  It has been a good and challenging time so far, and Advent/Christmas/Epiphany is a great time to rest and await new birth.

Here are two little gems I have been gifted with along the way which I want to share with you.

Blessings to all of you.

Blessing for the Longest Night
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
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.

--Jan Richardson