Blessings Archive - Kate Bowler

Archbishop Justin Welby: Suspicious of Joy

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A Blessing For If You Are In Pain

Blessed are you on this pain-filled day.When getting out of bed deserves an award.When you can’t remember what it feels likenot to be so aware of your own body.When you arrange your weeks around limitations or side effects. Or when you stop telling the truth altogether about how badly it hurts,how scared you are of […]

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A Blessing for when you need to put one foot in front of the other

Oh God,the thought of trying for a new and improved me makes me tired.I am barely getting anywhere,so draw me closer to a different vision,one that sees that I don’t need perfection— I need love. Free me from the expectation that life should always be better.The everyday stressors—the bills, the pressure, the dependents,the existential fears […]

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A Blessing to Take What You Need

The feeder is empty againand no one is claiming that the birds are greedyfor taking what they pleased. Look at how the fat, pink flowersare weighing the end of each branch,sucking nutrients into each velvet petal.How selfish. Nature hungers, takes and needs.God, why can’t I? Blessed are we, learning to take what we need.Sleeping past […]

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A Blessing for Easter Sunday

An Easter blessing It is an astonishing thing to behold:That a seed falls, and entombed there in the damp earthit swells and cracks open, unfolding to reveala tender root searching downward,a bright shoot rising upward toward the light,becoming this material wonder we call a plant. Just so, the physical body of Jesus was entombed, hidden […]

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A Blessing for Palm Sunday

They ran eagerly, spreading their cloaks on the road as Jesus came, waving palm branches and shouting  “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” This surely would signal the beginning of their deliverance,  and the ending of their oppression, sorrow, and shame.   What’s this? No mighty horse or chariot? Only […]

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A Blessing for the Body

Blessed is the body that offers soft hugs on hard days. Whose curves fit our pets and our kids and our partners. Whose hands hold another alongside hospital beds and in nursing homes and at the altar and on the first day of school. Whose breasts nurse and legs run to chase littles and whose […]

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