Too Hard

Some days it seems too hard to
Turn on the news,
Read the texts,
Answer the phone.

What news,
What pain,
What disaster
Awaits us today?

How much more
For the Holy One.
The one who stands,
Sits,
Weeps
With the world.

May I,
In my little life,
Also, sometimes,
Stand,
Sit,
Weep,
Pray
With those who suffer.

Just
For a little while.

Airport to Glendalough

We arrived at 8:30 a.m. in Dublin. We were met by Antionette, our guide, and Hugh, the bus driver. We came by coach to Glendalough, the site of an ancient monastic community where we will stay two nights. 

We prayed our morning prayer on the bus. “New every morning is your love, great God of light. And all day long you are working for good in the world.”

Peace be with you this day. May you watch for the sacred places you encounter today. 

The Celtic Blessings Book Is Here!

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Bless this book
And those who read it.
May they find within its pages
Words that touch their hearts,
Prayers that speak their stories,
Blessings to hold close and
Blessings to share.

Bless this book
And those who read it.

My new book is finally here and available from Upper Room Books, Amazon, and other booksellers.

It’s available in print, EPub, and Kindle editions. E-readers that support color graphics will find some of my photographs within the pages of the digital editions.

Save the Date for a Party!

What: Virtual Party to Launch the Book
When: St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Where: Log in on your computer
How: More details coming soon!

Practice seeing blessings all around you! Join author Beth A. Richardson in celebrating the publication of her latest book, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Prayers. Through the pages of Beth’s writing, we’re invited to connect with Celtic practices of gratitude and noticing of blessings in our everyday life. Drawing on her own Celtic heritage, Beth weaves personal story and written blessings into a book you’ll want to have ready for life’s ordinary and extraordinary moments. In our 45-minute FREE webinar, you’ll meet Beth, hear her read aloud both story and blessing, and be invited to practice writing blessing prayers of your own. Get a scone or a piece of cake, a cup of Irish tea (or the beverage of your choice), and join Beth in celebrating the launch of her new book.

Forgive Me

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I set out with the dogs
On our early morning pilgrimage
To the park and back.
The dark sky is tinged with a faint pink.

As we walk, the sky fills with color,
Lifting my heart with love.

And then, suddenly,
Under the vastness of that beautiful sky,
I am aware of my shortcomings.
Forgive me, I ask.

For my lack of trust, forgive me.
For my bitterness, forgive me.
For my aggression, forgive me.
For my insensitivity, forgive me.

Hear my prayers, Loving God.
Light my way through the day
As you have brought light into this morning.

Fill me with love, with mercy,
With forgiveness for the shortcomings of others.
Let me see myself and your people
With eyes of hope and compassion.

I am yours.

 
 
Find more of my prayers in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings.