Blessings Archive - Page 2 of 10 - Kate Bowler

David Brooks & Kate Bowler: Never, Ever Enough

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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 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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