A Blessing for (Surviving) Today

Lent isn’t always about giving something up…sometimes it’s about walking through the desert, and surviving without giving into hate, or the voices in your head that tell you that you aren’t worth living.

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.

Amen.

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October: A Prayer

God,

I’m thinking a lot this October,

about how sweet and innocent I was over the summer.

How I thought it would be all downhill this fall.

How we would be older, and wiser, and vaccinated.

And I must confess that the reality is not really living up to the dream Lord.

I really have to stop being in survival mode–because I can’t sustain that anymore.

So one of these days, I’m going to sit down, and figure out

what October 2021 means–

even as October 2021 marches on,

and I have to look at my phone real quick to double check

are we in 2022 yet? Am I wrong? are we in 2021? I’m still confused about time God.

So here’s a prayer God, to get out of survival mode, and into resurrection mode.

Can these bones live Lord? I say to the Halloween decorations, as I spread out

the skeletons and spiders in yard, and buy enough candy for one of the few safe holidays to celebrate

Can these bones live Lord? As I pray and pray

and pray and pray and pray for 5-11 vaccines, so that we can finally get

down to the brass tacks of baby vaccinations.

Can these bones live, Lord?

As I think of the two years lost in the ministry, the wise saints who have gotten older

the families that have gotten more worn down,

the community that has huddled closer over the last 18 months.

But they are good bones of ministry, I think fiercely,

And we are doing good things, as we brave the elements to worship ouside,

as we pray and take care of those in our congregation who are sick

these are the bones of ministry I think as our deacons keep in touch with our far flung families,

and our Sunday School teacher bravely starts a new ministry

Can these bones live?

You know God….

Meanwhile, I think I’ll concentrate on the plan of getting through October

–Thanks for letting me do it one day at a time God—

and thank you for October.

Amen.

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