“To Bless the Space Between Us”

John O’Donohue wrote a book of blessings that I occasionally pull out and re-read. I think this one sums up Christmas Day 2020 rather nicely!

Now is the time to free the heart,

Let all intentions and worries stop,

Free the joy inside the self,

Awaken to the wonder of your life.

Open your eyes and see the friends

Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,

Those whose kindness watchful and near,

Encourages you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,

Things your effort could never earn,

The health to enjoy who you want to be

And the mind to mirror mystery.

For Celebration John O’Donohue

May you celebrate the indwelling Christ as we remember His birth as man.

10 Comments

      1. Thanks, Molly. In the Episcopal church that I attend we are just beginning our Christmas celebrations now that the Advent season is over. Some folks put their trees to the curb at New Year’s Day, but we will be celebrating Christmas at least until Epiphany. πŸ™‚

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      2. Yes, some Episcopalians do not even put up a tree until the 24th or 25th! I was baptized and confirmed in the church at age 15. The Convent where I am an Associate is Episcopalian. Epiphany is a wonderful celebration! Blessings to You as you enjoy the non commercial birth of our Lord. πŸ™‚

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      3. I was raised Baptist, but have been attending an Episcopal church for years. However, it is very contemporary in its style of worship and did not make a big deal about Advent.During this pandemic, we have banded together with three other local Episcopal churches and have been doing worship and programming collectively. The other churches are more traditional and this year was my first exposure to a protracted Advent period that featured an Advent Lessons and Carols Service among other things. Who even knew that there were advent carols? πŸ™‚

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