Blessing in the Chaos

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you
Let what divides you
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

~~ Jan Richardson ~~

There is a quiet light…

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. 
It draws no attention to itself, though it is always secretly there.
It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire
to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life.
Without this subtle quickening our days would be
empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever
awaken our longing.  Our passion for life is quietly
sustained from somewhere in us that is welded to the
energy and excitement of life.  This shy inner light is
what enables us to recognize and receive our
very presence here as blessing.
We enter the world as strangers who all at once become
heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that
has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish,
and sustain us.  The gift of the world is our first blessing.
~~ John O’Donohue ~~

Turns out that we are all struggling…

“Turns out that we are all struggling along, trying to make sense of the way things are and to become the people we are meant to be. We are all making an effort to be more present in our lives, to love our children just as they are, to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, and to be grateful for every ordinary moment of every ordinary day.

What we know, of course, is the very thing that we continually need to be reminded of: that life is fleeting and precious and beautiful, and that heaven is right here on earth if we will only pause long enough to really look, to really see: the cup of hot coffee, the tousled head, the wagging tail, the small hand held up in greeting, the curve of a chin, the blinked back tear, the sun, the moon, the star… the very life that we are blessed to live.” ~ Katrina Kenison