Be A Blessing
Do you have a favorite Irish blessing, one that perhaps comes to mind as St. Patrick's Day approaches?
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Here are several of my favorite Irish blessings:
"May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty."
"May you live as long as you want, and may you never want as long as you live."
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God's hand."
"May good luck be with you wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow."
"May your days be many, and your troubles be few, may all God's blessings descend upon you, may peace be within you. May your heart be strong, and may you find what you're seeking wherever you roam."
"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going, and the insight to know when you're going too far."
"May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to keep you happy, enough failure to keep you humble, enough success to keep you eager, enough friends to give you comfort, enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness, enough wealth to meet your needs and one thing more; enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day than the one before."
"With God's sunlight shining on you, May your heart glow with warmth, like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike. May the light of God shine from your eyes, like a candle in the window, welcoming the weary traveler."
I am delighted to share these blessings with you, and perhaps you will share some of these, or some of your own, with others this week. The last one reminds me that there is something, though, that is even more meaningful than sharing a blessing with others, and that is being a blessing to others. I was reminded of that a few weeks ago when a friend did me a huge favor that was a tremendous help to me. In response to his support, I said to my friend, "You are such a blessing in my life!" My friend responded, "That is the nicest thing someone could say to me!"
We all know a weary traveler or two right now in our lives that could use a blessing. How might you either share a blessing with them, or better yet, how might you be a blessing to them, and like the Irish saying, "Be like a candle in the window, welcoming the weary traveler."
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