A Blessing of Presence

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A Blessing of Presence  by John O’Donohue

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence [longing for the divine].

May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses [the echo of God longing for you].

May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.

May the flame of anger free you from falsity.

May warmth of heart keep you presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror your inner dignity of soul.

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.

May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul [the living imprint of divine desire].

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart wonder.

From: Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on our Yearning to Belong


Though the Blessing is intact as is, I included bracketed additions based on the direct wording from my reading of O’Donohue’s chapter on “Presence.”

May you sense God’s presence woven around your heart of wonder – for “the wonderful awe of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  Proverbs 9:10.

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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