a blessing

i am sad that i've had such a long absence from this space. i was a little overwhelmed by it, then it was tucked away in my mind and forgotten about, and lately i've found myself needing to write more again. so, hopefully, i will return here sooner than later.

i found this old Franciscan blessing back in May on a friend's blog, and admittedly have no clue what friend i swiped this from. my apologies for not being able to give credit where it is due.

{sunset over the blue ridge parkway, western carolina}

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart where God's Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world and in your neighborhood, so that you will courageously try what you don't think you can do, but in Jesus Christ you'll have the strength necessary to do.

May God bless you so that you remember we are all called to continue God's redemptive work of loving and healing in God's place, in and through God's name, in God's Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.
 // katie anne

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