Blessings Archive - Page 2 of 12 - Kate Bowler

Archbishop Justin Welby: Suspicious of Joy

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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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A Blessing as Lent Begins

Blessed are you, ready to open yourself to a new joy, a doorway that until now has been hidden.  In this culture of acquisition and gain, blessed are you who desire fresh ears to hear what might be a bit too loud. Who take the next step to turn it down a notch and make […]

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A blessing for Ukraine

God, the unthinkable has happened. Swiftly, relentlessly,by stealth and through open destruction,the peace and beauty of the ordinary,has been shattered in a day. O God of justice and might,We call to you to come and bring this suffering to an end.Comfort these trembling hearts.Shield the vulnerable.Strengthen those with the resources and the resolveto protect what […]

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