We often begin our CYM Executive Team meetings with some liturgy, Sam Richards Director of Oxford CYM often brings something creative and apt. One time it was this blessing from John O’Donohue for leaders or as he calls it, those who have power. There has been a bit of discussion over recent days over the nature of being a priest today and our politicians constantly provoke debate about what leadership means. I am blessed in that most of the leaders I know and work with are humble, gracious and seeking to serve and follow Christ. As we start a new year I want to pray this for them remembering particularly all those who are leaders in places outside of the church as they also need our prayers and grace to live out their Christ given vocation wherever that may be.
A Blessing for One who Holds Power
May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.
As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,
May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.
When the way is flat and dull in times of grey endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.
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 seed 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 challenge.
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.
Reference: John O’Donohue Benedictus – a book of blessings Bantam Press (Transworld Publishers) London 2007 p161.