A Sabbath blessing

A friend came to visit yesterday bringing a gift of a book called “Circle of Grace” by Jan Richardson which is a book of blessings for all seasons. I’ve only dipped into it but I already know that it will become a “keep by my bedside” book. The “blurb” on the back cover says this…”Within the struggle, joy, pain and delight that attend our life, there is an invisible circle of grace that enfolds and encompasses us in every moment. Blessings help us to perceive this circle of grace, to find our place of belonging within it and to receive the strength that the circle holds for us”

Without quoting from it, I pray a blessing for this day..

Lord on this Sabbath day when some of us will choose to spend it in a set apart way, will you bless us we ask.
For any weary from giving of themselves, replenish their physical needs we pray.
For any weary from thinking too much, make them, make us, wise to “let go” if only for snatches of breathing spaces within their day.
For many of us who already know an abundance of physical needs met, make us wise in seeking the blessings which only a life lived in your “abide in me” presence can give.
For any of us more concerned about the expectations of others than being kind to our own souls, remind us that your instruction is to love our neighbours, as we love ourselves, and that we would indeed be wise to seek to live this day, “encircled by your grace”
For those known to us, who do not yet know what it is to be loved by a grace giving Father, or for those have turned aside, draw them home we ask.                                         Indeed Lord, for each of us, wherever we may be on this road we call the “journey of life” show us our way home in a manner of “finishing well.”
And so Lord in all and any ways you desire to bless, embrace, or encircle us this day, we say, “have your own way Lord, have your own way, You are the Potter and we are the clay”

(Picture painted by Dagmara Zareba)

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