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.

February Blessings

I receive the blessings of February
•	The cold, tight grip of the frozen landscape, too big, too true to deny
•	The drip of an ice cycle from the eave of my porch
•	Bright sun on a cold day
•	The wonders of a cavern hidden deep underground

And offer this blessing in response
•	May you have the courage to explore the depths of wonder in your own soul. May you find the light to take you home. May you release the myth of certainty and control and find, instead, the call of awe. 

January Blessings

I receive the blessings of January

•	Seeds blanketed in the earth, holding quiet promise
•	Sunrise through dark, empty branches – light through the tangle
•	The warmth and quiet beauty of a fire
•	I begin to understand that ‘languishing’ is part of the cycle of letting go 

And offer this blessing in response

•	May your heart hold to the promise of winter, that spring will come. May the dawn find its way through the dark and tangled branches of the bare trees, whispering the surprising beauty of dormancy. May your heart stop fidgeting and simply wait. 

the chrysalis has broken

emerging from the chrysalis.jpg

Today

May you trust the dawn,
Which I am bringing.

May your heart find a way
To hold both sorrow and hope.

May your ears listen, in quiet solidarity,
To the grief of cruel rejection.

And know that such a time as this,
Is meant for change, for growth.

The chrysalis has broken open.
Do not fear its breaking.

I have not abandoned you.
Nor have I forsaken my deep love for all.

Rest within my arms for just a moment.
Do not turn too quickly from the grief.

Let me rock you softly as your tears fall.
May you know, deeply know, that love prevails.

Already, I love you.
I always have.

You are a mystery, born of love.
And your wings will soon unfold into that truth.

You are emerging from the chrysalis that held you.
Its constraints no longer serve.

But it will take some time for the sun to dry your wings.
And the breeze of freedom to lift you for flight.

You can trust my love to win, again and always.
It is less about resistance and more about release.

My ways are not your ways.
They are strong and sure.

Love will prevail, not through plots and strategies,
But, as love always does, in loving.

In the meantime, may your heart hold on to me,
As I hold you.

[photo by Dagmar Collins per cc 2.0]