A Celtic Christmas Blessing

We are all in the busy last days before Christmas, so I will not intrude with many words, but I wanted to give you this beautiful Celtic blessing, in appreciation for your faithful support of my feeble offerings here this past year.  May God bless you and yours this Christmas with the great Light of love that the Christ Child brings with Him.

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.

Merry Christmas, everyone! 

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“Seeds of Love”, a re-blog from Lanier Ivester

I love the Advent season, where the themes of light and dark are such rich ones for contemplation. We are all watching the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, but we wait in hope for the Light to be revealed, and we festoon our houses inside and out with lights in defiance of the dark and in anticipation of celebration. The King is coming and we make ourselves ready, inside and out.

But the weeks leading up to Christmas can be hard ones as well. I’ve lived some of those Christmases, where joy is hard to find and hope flees in the dark. I have a keener appreciation for those who struggle through the holidays. That is why I want to share this post with you, from the talented Lanier Ivester, over at The Rabbit Room. She acknowledges the dark and the despair, but finds the seeds of joy in it all the same. As she says,

“Isn’t that just the astonishing thing about Christmas—that after all the centuries of hurt and brokenness and disappointment and despair, the world still turns itself upside-down for joy?”

For all of the weary and discouraged, for those who are needing that hand holding yours in the dark, I invite you to pour yourself a hot beverage, pull up your chair, wrap yourself in a blanket, and have a read.

https://rabbitroom.com/2016/12/seeds-of-love/