Beloved Friends-
As we say goodbye to a year now past and look into the next at our doorstep, may we do so with grace. May we forgive each other and ourselves for those things done we regret as well as those left undone. With the promise of God’s love and mercy, may we stand together, seeking out all the ways we have yet to discover in our journey to love and be loved as God’s own.

Peace to you and your families this day.
Happy New Year.

May you never forget that you are loved,

Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year (by John O’Donohue)

On the day when
The weight deadens on your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind the grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colors,

indigo, red, green,and azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words
Of love around you, an invisible cloak
To mind your life.

[Note: “Beannacht” is the Gaelic word for “blessing.”

A “currach” is a large boat used on the west coast of Ireland.]

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