Benedictions and Blessings :: Soul Calm {4/31}

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“In the parched deserts of post-modernity a blessing can be like the discovering of a fresh well.” pXV John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.

One evening early this summer, I was feeling drained, but unable to allow myself to settle down and just relax. The rehashing of the day’s events left me unsettled and weary. I felt like I needed and wanted a way to release the tension of the day and just let it be. Something to bring peace, encourage, and inspire.

I felt like I needed a benediction for my day.

So I tweeted Emily P. Freeman asking if she had a recommendation, because she writes books that speak to my soul and reads similar things. And I had actually met her in person once so I felt like I could reach out more easily. She tweeted back the next morning (I was slightly fan-girl excited, of course) with a suggestion: To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue. I read it and found the gift of blessings.

Something of it has stuck with me and I wanted to write blessings for this series. I thought about writing a whole series of blessings, but since it is new to me I am going to leave it at a once a week practice for me.

We all need a little calling forth of greatness and faith and trust and hope, because my weeks are hard sometimes and I’m sure yours are, too.

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So. A blessing for your week.

May our words reflect the goodness of the God who created beauty and us.

May we learn to recognize the beauty that fills our days and the gift of who we are in Christ.

May we open our hands and give ourselves the grace He already gave even in the midst of not living up to our own expectations.

May we reach toward each other with the soles of our feet and the souls of our lives planted in His goodness and not our own striving.

Peace and calm and joy to you, friends.

A blessing on your week.


I am blogging everyday this October on the theme of Soul Calm. I want to take the dust of the day and sift it through my fingers. I want to see beauty, drink peace, and rest in calm assurance. Let the dust drift away, seen and unseen, beautiful, maybe, but not mine to keep. I hope it blesses you. You can find the collection of Soul Calm posts here:

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