Blessings Archive - Kate Bowler

Tony Hale: Gentleness for Our Awkward, Anxious Selves

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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 it.help 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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A blessing for that space of yes/and

blessed are you in the tiredness, the beauty of your grief,where half-closed eyes can better hold and rememberall that is somehow good. no contradiction here, no either/or,just two truths we wouldn’t otherwise have seen,let alone wanted to embrace. blessed are you, settling yourself therein the space of yes/and,where all that is true can be welcomednot […]

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a blessing for the safety of the people of Afghanistan

o God, we have seen the heartbreaking images of Afghan people in peril after its takeover by the Taliban. o God, send help in this grave hour. give justice to the lowly and the orphan; maintain the right of the poor and the destitute.  -Psalm 82:3                              God, you call us to more than “thoughts and prayers.”we must be […]

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a blessing for when you just can’t find any peace

God, I am troubled in spirit and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it.show me the way toward peace. I look up at the vast size of the mountains—from where will my help come in times of trouble? Psalm 121 Thank You for the freedom that comeswhen I begin to admitat how powerless […]

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a blessing for getting unstuck

God, I am in the wrong place and I know it, but I can’t get out. I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.― @annelamott blessed are the poor in spirit,ready to say: I have no idea how […]

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a blessing for when you can’t love yourself

God, I don’t love myself, so how can anyone else? Blessed are we who say, God, maybe I can borrow some of Your mercy, as I unfold to You the unloveliness within. Maybe as I hand it all over, I can borrow some of Your gentleness and grace to use for myself, to help me […]

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a blessing for being scared and grateful at the same time

God, it’s been a truly scary time. I’m grateful for help that has come, but my body still holds the fear. God show me how to process all this.how frail is humanity! how short is life, how full of trouble!Job 14:1 NLT blessed are we, when we decide to make room for all of it, the fear and […]

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