lessons learned: Franciscan blessings, hide and seek, and grace

A Franciscan Blessing

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                                                                                                                                   pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them                                                                                                                                   and to turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can
Make a difference in the world
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness
To all our children and the poor.

Amen

It has been a week, and really, that’s about all I can say about it.   In weeks like these, Gifts and Blessings seem to disappear like children playing hide and seek.  And I am left standing there in the dark, blindly searching for a ray of light.

And then it comes–a message out of nowhere to remind us why we have reached this place on our journey.  Mine came today in the form of a blog post with a prayer that I’d never read before but somehow was as familiar to me as an old friend.

I realize it’s not about creation, and it doesn’t necessarily have a “happy ending,” but it made me stop and think.  It did not remove the pain or struggle, but it embodied how I perceive grace as defined by Anne Lamott:

I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.

My prayer for us today is that regardless of the challenges in our journey, we can hold on patiently until the end of the game when the light shines on Gifts and Blessings.

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