As many of us prepare to gather in New Orleans in person, some prepare to join us via their computer screens and others prepare for rest or another day of ministry we offer these words from Father John O'Donohue as both prayer and blessing.
The UUMA Staff
A Blessing For One Who Holds Power
May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.
As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its
May your perspective be larger than the view from
When the way is flat and dull in times of gray
May your imagination continue to evoke horizon.
When thirst burns in times of drought,
May you be blessed to find the wells.
May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And know when the seeds of change will flourish.
In your heart may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.
May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and
May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability
As the ground where healing and truth join.
May integrity of soul be your first ideal,
The source that will guide and bless your work.
John O'Donohue, from To Bless This Space Between Us
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