By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

If you let me, I’d just quote the whole book. I’d just read the whole thing aloud to you, page by page. It’s beautiful. John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings is a stunning work of art, a litany of connection to the divine that blesses such things as courage, solitude, meeting a stranger, praising the earth, addiction, traveling, parenthood, death, absence, belonging. May this prayer awaken you to the presence of God today.

Let us pray:

I arise today

In the name of Silence
Womb of the Word,
In the name of Stillness
Home of Belonging
In the name of the Solitude
Of the Soul and the Earth

I arise today

Blessed by all things,
Wings of breath,
Delight of eyes,
Wonder of whisper,
Intimacy of touch,
Eternity of soul,
Urgency of thought,
Miracle of health,
Embrace of God.

May I live this day

Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
— John O’Donohue, 1956–2008

Worship at Kenilworth Union Church
Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. Mid-Day Prayer, Live in the Sanctuary or Livestream
Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship, Meet in the Garden
Sundays at 10 a.m. Summer Worship, Livestream