"A Sanctuary in the City… Living Faith"

Home Blessings

We’ve centered our lives wherever we call home, now, for weeks. We live more deeply into places familiar, with patterns upset, discerning new routines, seeking meaning, purpose, relationship. Walking a labyrinth can center us into God’s presence through reflection on twists and turns of life’s journey. As COVID-ian twists and turns continue to evolve in weeks to come, may we find our way beginning with discerning depths of Holy Love in our hearts, and gifts of grace waiting to awaken within us. Maybe that’s something like what we find in the Letter to the Ephesians: “I pray that God … may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.” (Ephesians 1:17-19) Or maybe that’s something like what this blessing seeks.


May this be a morning of innocent beginning,

When the gift within you slips clear

Of the sticky web of the personal

With its hurt and its hauntings,

And fixed fortress corners,


A morning when you become a pure vessel

For what wants to ascend from silence.


May your imagination know

The grace of perfect danger,


To reach beyond imitation,

And the wheel of repetition,


Deep into the call of all

The unfinished and unsolved


Until the veil of the unknown yields

And something original begins

To stir toward your senses

And grow stronger in your heart

In order to come to birth …


And dwell uniquely

Between the heart and the light …

(edited from John O’Donahue, “For the Artist at the Start of the Day” in To Bless the Space Between Us)

Grace and Peace,