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M*A*S*H* Signpost

For the past month, I have been working on a very special book for Amy at Pathways – A health crisis resource center.  After many years of service, Amy and her husband will be leaving shortly to begin a new life in Kentucky.  Although I have only known Amy for a short time, her radiant spirit and warm friendship have enriched my life greatly.  She has been a constant source of encouragement, support and good humor.  I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with her at Pathways.

Thanks to Dan Averitt and Tim Thorpe at Pathways, I had the opportunity to create this very special going away present.  Together, we made the watercolors that were used in this book, while dreaming provided the inspiration for the shape the book and it’s box would take.  In one dream, the image of the signpost from M*A*S*H* appeared, suggesting signposts along the way for Amy’s journey.  Knowing how much she loves her basket of inspirational cards, I used words from the cards for the signs in this flag book.  It was great fun learning how to make this new structure, fueled by the creative energy and guidance of the dream.  Bon Voyage Amy and best wishes for a safe journey to your new home.  We will all miss you!

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Celtic Blessing

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble,
may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window
and the ghost of loss gets in to you,
may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue
come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
an invisible cloak to mind your life.

From Thomas A Clark’s Twenty Blessings, adapted from the original Celtic

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New Beginnings

Irish Blessing

Our family is a circle of love and strength.
With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love.
Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.

This past week I became a great-aunt for the first time!  The look on my nephew’s face seemed to sum up everything that parenthood brings with it – exhaustion, awe, fear, deep love and an absolute sense of wonder.  Congratuations Kenji and Sanae on the birth of Luka Takumi in Argentina!

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Drip, drip, drip.

As the days become longer and more yellow comes into the morning light I can feel my soul stirring to wakefulness again.  It has been a long cold winter but warmer days are here and the ice is almost gone.  What beauty it can hold within!  Not much longer now before all the ice and snow are gone and we have mud and grass again!

Celtic Blessing

May the blessing of light be on you
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.

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May the deep blessings of earth be with us.
May the fathomless soundings of seas surge in our soul.
May boundless stretches of the universe echo in our depths
to open us to wonder
to strengthen us for love
to humble us with gratitude
that we may find ourselves in one another
that we may lose ourselves in gladness
that we give ourselves to peace.

J. Philip Newell from his upcoming book Praying with the Earth

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Help us to have a winter’s faith, Blessed One.

Give us faith that is content to know that life slumbers in the frozen ground, not demanding that green shoots appear before their time.

Give us faith that looks with sympathy on the doomed beauty of a frost-covered tree, knowing that the fragile crystals will melt away in the sun’s light.

Give us faith that longs to tramp through the unbroken purity of new-fallen snow and does not despise it when brilliant white fades to gray. Give us, we pray, a humble faith, a quiet faith, a winter’s faith.

Plymouth Congregational Church Unison Prayer, 2/14/10

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