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.

The Seeds of a New Day

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The early-morning light brushes the sky
With gentle touches of color
And the seeds of a new day are planted.

Plant your beauty in us.
Plant your peace in us.
Plant your love in us.

Let the world be ready
For your seeds of patience,
Seeds of compassion,
Seeds of peace.

Let these seeds
Be planted in our hearts,
In our families,
In our world.
We are yours, Loving God.
Amen.

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

Loss, Grief, and Mystery

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I hear the news
Of the death of a friend.
A wife, a mother, a grandmother.

I am nearly undone
Despite the fact
That I barely knew her.

The short, sweet times
I was in her presence,
I felt the unconditional love
Of a mother.
Of a holy one.

What a mystery
That we cannot measure
The influence of one life,
The hearts touched by her,
The deep connections made with her,
The divine love that flowed through her
To those who were in need.

I give thanks for her life,
For the way she touched me,
A motherless child longing to be loved.

Mother God, comfort those who mourn her death.
Wrap them in your blanket of love
And receive her into your peaceful embrace. Amen.

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

The Least of Creatures

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I sit at the kitchen table, work,
And watch the birds.
I take a break and snap a picture.

The snow has come
And the birds have nothing to eat.

“Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly [Parent] feeds them.”
– Jesus, Matthew 6:26 (CEB)

Surrogate “heavenly Parent,”
I keep the feeders filled,
The water full,
Even for the birds I don’t care for as much.

What if it was so simple
To care for ALL those in need?
Bless all in need this day.
Bless all who mourn, who fear, who are in danger.
Guide me, that I may be your hands and heart in the world.

Tender Blooms

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Bless this tender bloom.
Beauty emerging in the turmoil of spring.
Delicate, intricate, miracle of life.
Reflecting the presence of the Holy One.

Bless this tender one,
Grieving a mother who was loved.
Losing a husband, burying a child.
Holy One, send your presence, your comfort.

Bless this tender world.
May beauty show forth in unexpected places.
New life in a refugee camp; kindness in the aftermath of terror.
Let us reflect your presence, your comfort, your love.

Holy one, we are yours.

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

What Is Our Anchor?

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What is our anchor?
When ebola fears close schools,
Shut down flights,
Ostracize people.
What is our anchor?

Where is our anchor?
When terror closes borders,
Closes minds,
Closes hearts,
Where is our anchor?

Who is our anchor?
When fear grips our hearts,
Freezes our guts,
Stunts our prayers?
Who is our anchor?

Our strength comes from God,
The maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)

May we anchor ourselves,
Our hearts, minds, and spirits
In you, Mighty God. Amen.

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

Jack’s Bless to Me Prayer

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Bless to me this chair
This strong and safe chair
Under which I hide
At the doctor’s office.

Bless to me this chair
And its durable seat
That hides me from the
Giant vet tech who threatens
To pick me up
And put me on the table.

Bless to me this chair
In its little corner
And bless to me the treats
I know are in the cabinet
Come quickly, treats,
Come quickly, come now.

More Jack is at jackthescottie.com.