Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We are living through a strange and challenging time. I’ve been struggling with what I should write. What do you need to hear? What do I need to say? What message needs to be written? I’ve been praying for inspiration. But for now, I’ll share a a little of what’s on my heart.
As I mentioned in a recent blog, I am studying different prayer forms. I’ve studied and practiced using prayer beads and learned a lot about their value in strengthening my prayer life. I’ve begun to explore the contemplative practice of praying with mandalas (coloring while I pray). But the practice that intrigues me the most, so far; and really touches my soul is the art/practice of Celtic blessings and prayers.
This is truly a time for connecting with our creator through prayer, in whatever ways work best for you. I decided to try to write a Celtic-style blessing that would be helpful during difficult times like the ones we are facing today. I’d like to share it with you now:
May you be blessed by our Heavenly Father today.
May you be
surrounded by His shield of protection,
comforted by His peace and assurance,
confident in His abounding love.
May you find
hope in each new day,
joy amid the trials,
courage that conquers fear,
strength for the journey ahead.
May God send angels to watch over you
when you are awake,
and while you sleep.
And may you be filled with the knowledge,
that you are a beloved child of God.
Terri Hester, March 2020
Be blessed and stay safe.
P.S. I recommend the book, Christ Beside Me, Christ Wtihin Me, by Beth A. Richardson.