There will be newness and changing
in the year now on your doorstep,
for the essence of the Universe,
the Spirit manifesting,
is felt in this energy flow.
May you find for yourself
a foothold in the newness,
a balance in the change.
May you dress yourself
in patience and courage
and remember with joy
that living fully
is all about connecting.
It is all about Love.
© 2017 Dennis Ference
Blessing of galaxies, blessing of stars
Great stars, small stars, red stars, blue ones.
Blessing of nebula, blessing of supernova,
Planets, satellites, asteroids, comets.
Blessing of sun and moon, blessing of earth,
Oceans, rivers, continents, mountain ranges
Blessing of wind and cloud, blessing of rain
Fog bank, snowdrift, lightning and thunder.
Blessing of green plants, blessing of forests:
Cedar, douglas fir, swordfern, salal bush
Blessing of fish and birds, blessing of mammals:
Salmon, eagle, cougar and mountain goat.
May all humankind likewise offer blessing:
Old woman, young woman, wise men and foolish
Blessing of youthfulness, blessing of children
Big boys, little boys, big girls and little ones.
Bless the wisdom of the holy one above us;
Bless the truth of the holy one beneath us;
Bless the love of the holy one within us.
“Chinook Psalter” in EARTH PRAYERS: 365 Prayers, Poems and Invocations from Around the World, ed. E. Roberts and E. Amidon (New York: HarperOne, 1991), pp. 198-99.
…that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened-that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on-
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul;
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
An excerpt from William Wordsworth’s, “Tintern Abbey.”
May at least one person
this Christmas season,
be awakened by the Light
of God that shines
in and through you!
© 2016 Dennis Ference
Photo by Lily Brock
Expectations sometimes soar
dangerously beyond the stars
and the possibility
of safe landings.
© 2016 Dennis Ference