The Blessing of Light

May the blessing of light be on you
light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,
so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.

And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
like a candle set in the window of a house,
bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of the rain be on you,
may it beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;

And may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly;
up and off and on its way to God.

And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen.
—Scottish Blessing

(Thanks to my WV colleague Sue Birchmore for this prayer.)

(Source of picture, HERE)

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

One thought on “The Blessing of Light”

  1. Idea de lumina ma duce cu gindul la picturile lui Fra Angelico si la o expozitie rencenta pe care am vazut-o intitulata Fra Angelico et les peintres de la lumière. De fapt titul a fost Fra Angelico…. et la lumière fut, Genesa…. Picturile lui sunt o sarbatoare de lumina, de culoare, de seninatate, o sarbatoare a sufletului. Sarbatoare pe care lumea de azi nu mai stie sa o celbreze, dar m-am gindit si la imaginea sobra, si poate e putin spuns, care s-a dat monasticismului. Ori Fra Angelico a fost un calugar dominican si ucenicii lui la fel. Frescele care le-a pictat in manastirea San Marco din Florenta sunt pine de culoare si de lumina. Monasticismul nu a fost deci neaparat un fenomen obscur si imaginea pe care i-o da Unberto Ecco in In numele trandafirului e un destul de caricaturala desi nu complet lipsita de adevar. Prefer insa imagina data de Fra Angelico care reprezinta un adevar trait. Ce mi se pare ca vad in picturile lui este si speranta crestina, crestinismul idealurilor nu al pragmatismului ieftin, sarbatoare a sufletului.


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