Seamless Presence

For my friends and all those who are experiencing goodbyes this week

Lovely sung version of a traditional Irish Blessing

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

May you know that absence is full of tender presence
and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.

May the absences in your life be full of eternal echo.

May you sense around you the secret Elsewhere
which holds the presences that have left your life.

May you be generous in your embrace of loss. 
May the sore of your grief turn into a well of seamless presence. 

May your compassion reach out
to the ones we never hear from

and may you have the courage to speak out for the excluded ones. 
May you become the gracious and passionate subject of your own life. 

May you not disrespect your mystery
through brittle words or false belonging. 

May you be embraced by God
in whom dawn and twilight are one 

and may your longing inhabit its deepest dreams
within the shelter of the Great Belonging. 

- John O’Donohue Eternal Echoes

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