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A New Year's Blessing

Years ago I was introduced to John O'Donohue by a friend who had just purchased a book of his prayers. As I read his biography I learned that he was a priest for many years and was a native of Ireland. His poetry and prayers immediately brought me back to the Irish landscape and the beauty of the rolling hills and the starkness of the rugged coast. As I read his poetry I realized he has the gift of transporting the reader into a frame of mind that can shake assumptions and change perspectives. As we begin this new year I hope his blessing for a new year will have the effect of changing your perspective and bring hope for all the potential that comes with a new beginning! May the Clarity of Light be Yours in 2019!

Beannacht
A Blessing for the New Year

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 gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into 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 curragh 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.

John O'Donohue