Blessings Archive - Kate Bowler

David Brooks & Kate Bowler: Never, Ever Enough

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a blessing for the brave.

blessed are you, brave one. you who perform big courageous acts of sacrifice. the firefighters and military and activists and doctors and nurses and paramedics. you who move toward danger so the rest of us feel a little more safe.  blessed are you, brave one. you who do small acts of great love. the memory […]

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a blessing for learning to hold on and let go

let go, let it all go except, of course, when you can’t. living in the present is nice in theory. except when you are in let’s bless that tension, the push pull of wanting to let go, sometimes needing to let go, and also needing to hold on. God, sometimes it feels like a […]

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a blessing for life after loss

blessed are you, who feel the wound of fresh loss. or of the loss… no matter how fresh… that still makes your voice crack all these years later. you who are stuck in the impossibility. frozen in disbelief. how can this be? it wasn’t supposed to be this way. blessed are you, fumbling around for […]

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a blessing for the day we mourn our dead (All Saints’ Day)

today we are drawn into remembrance. the complexity of love and loss both warms our hearts and chills our bones. invisible connections are revealed just as the light of the sun illuminates the lines of a web, we see that our lives are connected to those who are no longer here. blessed are we who […]

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permission to feel it all

I feel things big. And for the longest time, I felt so much shame because of it. I need reminders that my emotions are not bad or good. They’re just information. You feel angry because this is unjust. You feel sad because this is awful. You feel tired because this is exhausting. Your emotions are […]

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A blessing for learning to delight again.

blessed are you, the pragmatic. you who have run the math and know what adds up… and what doesn’t. you have set it all down. you who don’t hope or dream or plan anymore because… what’s the point? but blessed are you, learning to live here. your world has shrunk. pain or grief or fear […]

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a blessing for the grace that makes no sense

blessed are we, the graced.we who don’t deserve it, whose failures haunt us, the things we said, the things we left unsaid, the decisions and addictions and broken relationships that have ripple effects we still feel today. somehow, we are the recipients of this mysterious gift. grace doesn’t erase the pain or harm we’ve caused, […]

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a blessing for when there’s no cure for being human

God, I feel it again, the burden of being human, and the fact that nothing will exempt us from the pain of it. wherever you go, you bear yourself, and always find yourself.– Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, transl. Leo Shirley-Price, 1952. blessed are we, Your human creatures,with mind and soul and spirit […]

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a blessing for courage

God, I have no idea what courage is or where to get any, but I really need me in my fear. blessed are we who say, God,fear is taking up too much space and I have little bandwidth left. if courage is a gift, then please give it.and it if is a thing for […]

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