This is a Franciscan blessing I came across quite awhile back that has always stuck with me. I was reflecting on it the other day, thinking about the upcoming season of lent, which begins today. Then I saw my friend Nicole post it, along with this video, and I knew I wanted to share it here, too.
May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen
May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen
May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen
May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen
And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen
It’s not a popular prayer, but one that I believe echoes the heart of God in a way that seems to be disturbingly and increasingly absent in today’s Christian culture.
I pray that God would interrupt our stream of prayers asking for things and invade them with the sufficiency of grace.
I pray that God would bless me today and every day with just enough discomfort, tears, anger and foolishness to keep my heart tuned to His, and to inspire those around me to pursue the same.