Justice and Peace meet at the café,
hands folded around steaming cups,
heads bent over the paper.
They are not taking in
the news of the world
with sorrowing eyes
and the clucking of tongues.
They are instead planning their itinerary,
plotting their map,
looking for the places where
they might slip in.
Their fingers touch, release,
touch again as they read,
moving with the half-aware habits
that come only with long living alongside.
They have met, parted,
met again on countless mornings
like this one, torn and taken
They put the paper aside.
They brush away the crumbs.
They talk quietly.
They know there is work to do.
But they order one more cup:
there is savoring they must do before
the saving begins.
They lean in,
across the table for
a kiss that makes a way,
Image: “Meeting” © janrichardsonimages.com
(Blessing inspired by Psalm 85, NRSV—“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.”)
Hope where we had ceased to hope.
Hope amid what threatens hope.
Hope with those who feed our hope.
Hope beyond what we had hoped.
Hope that draws us past our limits.
Hope that defies expectations.
Hope that questions what we have known.
Hope that makes a way where there is none.
Hope that takes us past our fear.
Hope that calls us into life.
Hope that holds us beyond death.
Hope that blesses those to come.
Quote: Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons
Image: “Coming to My Senses” © janrichardsonimages.com
You have looked
at so many doors with longing, wondering if your life lay on the other side.
For today, choose the door that opens
to the inside.
Travel the most ancient way of all:
the path that leads you
to the center of your life.
but the one
you make yourself.
but what you already carry and the grace that comes to those who walk
the pilgrim’s way.
Speak this blessing
as you set out
and watch how
your rhythm slows,
the cadence of the road drawing you into the pace that is your own.
Eat when hungry.
Rest when tired.
Listen to your dreaming. Welcome detours
as doors deeper in.
Pray for protection.
Ask for the guidance you need. Offer gladness
for the gifts that come
let them go.
Do not expect
by the same road. Home is always
by another way
and you will know it not by the light
that waits for you but by the star
that blazes inside you telling you
where you are
and you are welcome here.
Quote: Jan Richardson and Image: Pinterest