My very dear friend raggedblossom visited me on Monday afternoon and brought me a prayer which I am going to share with you here.
A blessing for those already blessed who may now know it
May you recognise in your life the presence, power and light of God’s Spirit accompanying your own spirit.
My you realise that you are never alone, that your own spirit connects you intimately with the spirit of everyone else and the rest of God’s creation.
May you have respect and love for your own individuality and difference.
May you realise the gift that your own uniqueness could be for you and for the world.
May you realise that you have a special desinty here, that beneath the surface of your life there is something beautiful and good and eternal going on.
May you learn to love the Spirit of Jesus within you, the Spirit who prays always on your behalf before God, like a heartbeat, even when you are unaware of it.
May you learn to love the gift of your belonging with others, to savour their love and companionship, to rejoice in their gifts and share with them your own, that together we might build the type of world that Jesus lived and died for.
May you learn to copy with tour own and others’ mistakes with compassion.
May you never give up trying to be all you were created by God to be, an image of Godself.
May the mess that you experience in life never put you off your trying.
May tou know the joy of forgiveness as you yourself forgive.
May you learn to see yourself and your life with the same delight, pride, mystery and appreciation with which God sees you in every moment.
[adapted and inspired by John O’Donoghue’s ‘Anam Cara’, p.161]
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s window he entitled, “The Holy Spirit Window”, and completed about 1895.