Though suffering and chaos befall us,
they can never quench the inner light of providence.
There is a quiet light that shines in every heart.
It draws no attention to itself,
though it is always secretly there.
It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty,
our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life.
Without this subtle quickening our days
would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon
would ever awaken our longing.
Our passion for life is quietly sustained from
somewhere in us that is welded to the energy
and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what
enables us to recognize and receive our
very presence here as blessing.
We enter the world as strangers who all at once
become heirs to a harvest of memory,
spirit, and dream that has long preceded us
and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us.
The gift of the world is our first blessing.
This is the opening paragraph of the book “To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings”
by John O’Donohue
They will receive blessing from the Lord… ~Excerpt from Psalm 24:5 ✝
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pleasure that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
~Edited excerpt by Kurt Vonnegut
I am human.
My feelings get hurt.
My heart aches.
I feel sorry for myself.
I get angry.
I make mistakes.
I give more.
I make mistakes.
And then the day came
when the risk to remain tight
in the bud was more painful than
the risk it took to blossom.
~Edited excerpt by
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. ~Psalm 42:8 ✝