Last Wednesday the adorable nephew stayed with us and we made pancakes, ate pizza and laughed lots! As well as being his auntie I am also godmother to the adorable nephew. Sometimes it is hard to know how to pray but when I came across this blessing from John O’Donohue it seemed so apt:
May you recognize in your life the presence,
Power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the façade of your life
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.
May you learn to see your self
With the same delight,
Pride and expectation
With which God sees you in every moment.
Clearly this is a blessing which we can pray for anyone, not just young people. I have met people near the end of their lives where I would want to pray this and depending on the day it is something I need to remind myself of. Tiredness can sap perspective and a negative experience can knock self-esteem. One of my hopes in ministry is that I can mediate something of this delight as so often we can experience something of God through one another.
Reference: John O’Donohue Benedictus London: Bantam Press, 2007, p127.