Here’s a blessing for you.
Because you are still here,
And it’s been a year, of ::gestures inarticulately:: everything.
And we need all the blessings we can get.
So here’s a bless this mess.
A blessing on your head,
one that grants you good dreams,
and moments of respite,
and times to let go,
and moments to connect with your beloveds,
and reminders that your worth is not defined by your productivity
and that its ok not to be ok
and that this is not the new normal, nor should it be.
So all the blessings–
for being here,
and doing the things
and being you.
Keep at it! Take breaks,
Drink water, take care of yourself,
and be blessed,
For you are a beloved child of God.
No matter what.
God bless you, Child of God.
Today, Tomorrow, and Always.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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5 thoughts on “A Blessing for (Surviving) Today”
Thank you, Katy. Needed that.
My choir director read it to the choir last night and half of them were in tears! Thank you.
So very needed this !!!!! Thank you!!!!
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