May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunshine shine on you and warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend.
And may the light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the two windows of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm, and may the blessings of the rain be on you — the soft, sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up and shed their sweetness on the air. And may the blessings of the Great Rains be on you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the Earth be on you — the great round earth, may you ever have a kindly greeting for those you pass as you’re going along the roads. May the earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, tired at the end of a day, and may it rest easy over you when at the last, you lay out under it, may it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be off from under it quickly and up and off, and on its way to God. And now may the Lord bless you all and bless you kindly.
– Traditional Irish Blessing
Prost Neujahr liebe Zaunkönigen! Thank you for your friendship. Wishing you all that is fresh and vibrant and filled with light in 2012. We’ll be cooking Sauerkraut here today. May your kitchen be filled with tantalizing aromas, too!
Wren, thanks for being such a beautiful source of wisdom in the RA community. I always love reading your comments on my blog and others. Happy New Year to you, your mom, your family and dogs.
Such beautiful words Wren. Like Cathy, I love to read your comments on my blog. I am always so happy to hear from you and to hear your wonderful words of wisdom. Happy New Year to you and loved ones and much health and happiness.
Wren, at the risk of being tagged a conformist, like Cathy and Lana, I also look forward to your comments on my blog. Happy New Year to you and your family!
And may this blessing be bestowed on you and yours too. We all can use as much blessings as possible. You are such an inspiration and such a wonderful writer. I so enjoy your blog.
Happy New Year to you Wren!
What a beautiful Irish message; it’s quite musical in flavor — each, eloquent phrase a worthy note to savor, in my mind and in my heart.
Consider this a “ditto” to all of the above comments about your “Obi-wan-ness” of being a rather genuine Ambassador of RA! 🙂