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Radical Choice

February 23, 2018

Journey Prayer


God bless to me this day,

God bless to me this night,

Bless, O Bless, Thou God of Grace

Each day and hour of my life;

Bless, O bless thou God of grace

Each day and hour of my life.


God, bless the pathway on which I go,

God bless the earth beneath my sole;

Bless, O God, give me to Thy love,

O God of gods, bless my rest and my respose;

Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love,

And bless, O God, my repose.


~Carmina Gadelica, collected by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912).





In Holy Solitude, Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels, Heidi Haverkamp, tells us solitude is a "a radical choice to see and value your life in the way God does, that our being is more important than our doing." 


Radical choice, indeed. I like the phrase, "we're human beings, not human doings," yet I wrestle with the tension of being and doing.  Part of the problem, I think, is I believe the sorting out of this dilemma is all my responsibility.


I wonder what it would be like if I asked God to bless me and the pathway I am on, to bless my rest and repose. That prayer holds the tension for me.


I ask God to bless, hopeful my heart is open to receive the blessing, I continue to walk and rest. It has all the elements of pilgrimage and the Lenten season where I collaborate and cooperate with God, who provides what I need for the journey.



Be Thou My Vision, "Joy Comes in the Morning," May 22-25, 2018.

Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne and Iona, "Beyond These Shores,"

Sept. 2-12, 2018.






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