December Blessings

I receive the blessings of December
•	Deep cold and warm sun, scattered across my days 
•	Baking cookies with my mom and sisters 
•	A fire in the grate and the warmth of family beside it
•	The true gifts of presence – of hugs and smiles and openhanded generosity 

And offer this blessing in response
•	May your heart receive the gifts that come your way with joy. 
•	May you spill your own gifts into the world with abandon - and there find even deeper joy.  

November Blessings

I receive the blessings of November
•	Taking time with family, with all the bustle and with moments of quiet relaxation
•	Rediscovering gratitude as part of the glue that binds hearts to one another
•	A beautiful fall in Texas, right outside my door.  Full of red and yellow, full of quiet joy.

I offer this blessing in response
•	May you find the time to see the interrelatedness of all creation, where each heart’s gift calls another into the dance. 

October Blessings

I receive the blessings of October
•	The birthday gift of presence from my family, willing to join me outdoors despite the wind and unexpected heat
•	The whimsy of encounters with armadillos and cows
•	The crunch of leaves underfoot

I offer this blessing in response
•	May you catch the eyes of a friend, this day, and see within in them a reflection of your worth to them – and give in jubilant response, the confirmation of their worth to you. 

September Blessings

I receive the blessings of September
•	The giggles of little girls tumbling together in play
•	The wonder of growing bodies, growing bones, growing minds, growing hearts pulled by the sheer exuberance of life – full and free
•	The first sight of the ocean, a brisk walk, visiting with friends in Maine
•	Glimpses of wildlife – turkey, deer, fox, eagle – anchoring me to a world more grounded than the insistent call of the news

I offer this blessing in response
•	May you hear the whisper – or the shout – of life within you, joyfully calling you forward into this day, this very day

August Blessings

I receive the blessings of August
•	The rhythm of rain upon the roof after so many days of dry and hot
•	An escape to the mountains with friends, hiking trails, catching sight of such majesty, listening to the chatter of a stream
•	Sharing a dinner with friends, flavored with fond memories and the simple gestures of kind and faithful love 
•	One cool morning back home, that feels a bit like a taunt, but holds real promise

I offer this blessing in response
•	May your heart know the blessings that hide inside your challenges and hold to the deep assurance that your own path leads through beauty and bends towards home

July Blessings

I receive the blessings of July
•	A walk in the early part of the day, catching a deer and a mother possum with babies on her back
•	Air conditioning and fans – and gratitude for a way to escape the heat
•	Watching our kids guide their kids through the challenges of life – knowing that their job is not to make the path smooth, but to teach them to face the challenges with courage

I offer this blessing in response
•	May you find cool in the midst of heat, peace in the midst of challenge and joy among the small kindnesses that come your way. 


[photo from Flickr by Steve Rainwater per cc 2.0]

June Blessings

I receive the blessings of June
•	Watching the granddaughters play together – focused, joyful, creative
•	Nestling into a family vacation where we discover, again, the blessing of each other’s presence
•	Listening to my mother and aunt remember their childhood days
•	Watermelon as the taste of summer

I offer this blessing in response
•	May you weave life and hope into each story that you tell, remembering with both honesty and grace the moments that shape your soul

[photo is my own]

May Blessings

I receive the blessings of May
•	Thundering rainstorms healing the cracks in the dry ground
•	An unexpected cool spell following unseasonal heat – both reminding me that, thankfully, my sphere of control is limited and the choice to respond is where my heart can find peace
•	A four-generation picnic, with cascading delight, heart to heart to heart

I offer this blessing in response
•	May this very moment whisper life into your heart as you stop to take a breath – in and out – and find that there is time enough for gratitude, even today


[Photo by Ian Sanderson on flickr per cc 2.0]

April Blessings

I receive the blessings of April
•	The geese in my neighbor’s pond, mother patiently upon the nest, father faithfully patrolling nearby
•	The joy of children dancing, emersed in the music and the sheer delight of movement
•	The soft nod of my mother, watching my granddaughters at play
•	The unconquerable spirit of spring, pushing itself up through the ground and out through each tiny branch

I offer this blessing in response
•	May the spirit of love, which is life itself, rise in your heart and extend itself through your fingers to bless the earth around you

March Blessings

I receive the blessings of March

•	Whispers of spring in the garden, tender sprigs that somehow defy the frosty fingers of the night
•	The hopeful, happy call of birds
•	An unbundled walk among the trees, shedding my coat along the way
•	The way my soul is nudged awake by the conversations of friends

And I offer this blessing in response

•	May your heart follow the voice of a friend to find wonder, hope, and the tender tenacity of new growth.