A Blessing of courage
August 14, 2011, 9:30 am
Filed under: death, grief, love, Parenting | Tags: , ,

The phone rang early this morning, a family friend in crisis, needing a listening ear. My heart is heavy with loved ones in pain. Family and friends who are grieving, facing illness, divorce, unemployment and internal strife. I ache for the turmoil in our world. I feel small and insignificant. My blessing today, is again, from the book by John O’Donohue, “To Bless the Space Between Us” may it encourage us all to stay the course, to know we matter, and be the difference in one life today.

When the light around you lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as stone inside,

When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,

When one voice commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,

Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world,

Search and you will find
A diamond-thought of light,

Know that you are not alone
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.

Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.

Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of it’s weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive
To urge you toward higher ground
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As it’s most rewarding threshold!



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