Writing

  • Blessing for Waiting

    Jan Richardson 8 December 2017

     

    Who wait
    for the night
    to end

    bless them.

    Who wait
    for the night
    to begin

    bless them.

    Who wait
    in the hospital room
    who wait
    in the cell
    who wait
    in prayer

    bless them.

    Who wait
    for news
    who wait
    for the phone call
    who wait
    for a word

    who wait
    for a job
    a house
    a child

    bless them.

    Who wait
    for one who
    will come home

    who wait
    for one who
    will not come home

    bless them.

    Who wait with fear
    who wait with joy
    who wait with peace
    who wait with rage

    who wait for the end
    who wait for the beginning
    who wait alone
    who wait together

    bless them.

    Who wait
    without knowing
    what they wait for
    or why

    bless them.

    Who wait
    when they
    should not wait
    who wait
    when they should be
    in motion
    who wait
    when they need
    to rise
    who wait
    when they need
    to set out

    bless them.

    Who wait
    for the end
    of waiting
    who wait
    for the fullness
    of time
    who wait
    emptied and
    open and
    ready

    who wait
    for you,

    o bless.

    ©Jan Richardson
    Image Practice the Waiting, www.odysseyonline.com

    Blessing for Waiting is published in Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson

  • Moments: Some words to accompany you this Advent

    Jan Richardson 5 December 2019

    Moments: Some words to accompany you this Advent

     

    The season of Advent
    means there’s something on the horizon
    the like of which we have never seen before.
    It is not possible to keep it from coming,
    because it will.
    That’s just how Advent works.
    What is possible is to not see it, to miss it,
    to turn just as it brushes past you...

    So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry.
    Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder.
    There will be time enough for running.
    For rushing. For worrying. For pushing.
    For now, stay.
    Wait.
    Something is on the horizon.

    ©Jan L. Richardson
    in Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas