A Blessing for the Courage to Try - Kate Bowler

Archbishop Justin Welby: Suspicious of Joy

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A Blessing for the Courage to Try


Blessed are you, faced with the impossible. 

You who do not take your eyes away 

from what threatens to swallow you whole. 

You who stare down reality, 

though your heart quickens. 

You for whom action comes swiftly, 

as you chart the next step 

or bulldoze a new path yourself. 

You know how to turn hope into action.

And blessed are you who, 

when you’ve come to the end of what is possible, 

find the courage to live there too.

Blessed are we, who are learning 

how to hope. and how to let go. 

when to act. and when to stop. 

Balancing the impossibility of so much love 

and so much to fear. Together.

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