A note from the author: “Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.”
Bless this day,
All plants and creatures,
All people near and far.
Bless the flowers
That sing praises with their beauty,
That cushions my step.
Bless those who stand
With loved ones who are sick,
With friends or family who are lost.
Bring healing, bring wholeness.
Bless the world,
Its war-torn places,
Its broken villages,
Its frightened children.
Bless our bodies,
That we may be blessings
To all we meet.
—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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All the earth honors the LORD; all the earth’s inhabitants stand in awe of him.
—Psalm 33:8 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
(From a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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