Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Franciscan Blessing

Litany read in church last Sunday

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.


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.


And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, this service and forever more. 



Dan Vaughn said...

NO THAT was a blessing! For me, and next week, for my two congregations.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful elaboration of Jesus' first public words in Luke:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4

Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance Blog said...

Beautiful reminder.