A Journey and A Blessing

As I'm away from the blog for a couple of weeks here's a parting gift until we meet again. 

May you be blessed with God’s love, hope, peace and joy.
May these gifts that are in you be passed to everyone you meet.
Click here for previous posts for Ascension and Pentecost.

The Wild Goose is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

The Journey

Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again 

Painting their
black silhouettes
on an open sky. 

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens 

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you. 

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that
small, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart. 

Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out 

someone has written
something new
in the ashes of your life. 

You are not leaving
you are arriving. 

From The House of Belonging by David Whyte

The Blessing ~ Connie Dover 
From her website here


 Soiridh leibh 'us oidhche mhath leibh
Oidhche mhath leibh, beannachd leibh
Guidheam slàinte ghnàth bhi mar ruibh
Oidhche mhath leibh, beannachd leibh 

Mathair uisge 'n tobair fhìoruisg'
Cainnt ar sinnsir brigh na loinn;
'S faochadh tlàth o ànradh m'inntinn,
'Nuiar bheir rann na glinn a'm chuimhn' 

Astar cuain cha dean ar sgaradh
'S dùrachd daimh am bannaibh toinnt'
Gleidgh an t-àgh na dh'fhàg a bheannachd
Oidhche mhath leibh, beannachd leibh 

Thuit ar crann air saoghal carach
'S coma sud, tha 'mhaitheas leinn
Bidh sinn beò an dòchas ra-mhath
Oidhche mhath leibh, beannachd leibh 

English translation from Scottish Gaelic

Farewell to you and goodnight to you
Goodnight to you, and blessings go with you
Wishing that good health be yours always
Goodnight to you, and blessings go with you 

The goodness of water drawn from the well of pure water
That is the language of our ancestors, the essence of our joy
A gentle soothing of the mind's distress
When a verse reminds me of the glens 

The width of an ocean will not separate us
And our good wishes will go to those
Who are connected to us with enduring ties
Keep in good fortune those who've made their farewells

Goodnight to you and blessings go with you

Our lot has fallen in a deceiving world
But in spite of that, virtue will be with us
We will live in constant hope
Goodnight to you and blessings go with you 

Words and Music: John McFayden (ca. 1897)

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