A Blessing for the New Year

A Franciscan Benediction (anonymous), courtesy of Christian Peace Witness:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

7 Responses to “A Blessing for the New Year”

  1. Doug Jones says:

    Thanks. Printing that one out.

  2. MJG says:

    It’s a good one, to be sure.

  3. Siufung says:

    Thank you! I appreciate it.

  4. Angela says:

    Me too; I will definitely save this one.

  5. simon jones says:

    I prayed this as the blessing at the end of the service inducting me to my current pastorate (it’s a baptist tradition!) It’s a prayer to pray when our vision is growing dim and we’re sinking into our comfortable circumstances.

  6. MJG says:

    As a friend of mine from California would day, Simon, “Way cool!”

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