Benedictions of Blessing?


This is an old Franciscan Benediction:  

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 in to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

Not sure about you, but this benediction speaks to me.  We often sugar coat our faith, puff it up to look good, wax eloquence and polish the rusting faith.  Here in these phrases, speaks something genuine and real.  It speaks to the heart of life, and how we truly live it.  Today, God has impressed upon me the need to be real with Him.  Not phony or half-truthful, but genuine.   Do you know what the tough thing about being genuine is?  It’s being vulnerable.  For most, including me at times, it’s the scariest proposition.  Because allowing God to view us in this light is difficult and frightening.  

May this prayer of blessing and benediction be yours today as well!  



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