Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A blessing for the New Year

I received a comment on my blog from a woman who seems to understand some of the challenges I'm facing here in Afghanistan, and while exploring her blog I found this inspiring post and this wonderful Fransican blessing: 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 pain, rejection, hunger and war, So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and Turn their pain into joy And may God bless you with enough foolishness To believe that you can make a difference in the world So that you can do what others claim cannot be done To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

2 comments:

Lacithecat said...

Frida,

I am so glad you like the benediction. Today I opened a Christmas card from one of my oldest friends who works in inner city missions and amazingly she had cut it out and pasted inside every card. It seemed it pretty summed up her feelings right now. I just happened to be ready Phillip Yancey's book about prayer (something that has always mystified me) and came across it. May it give you strength to endure.

Do you mind if I link your blog into my 'links' area. I just discovered how to do it yesterday and your story is amazing.

Take care,

Stefanie

susanna said...

Those are such inspiring words!