For A Friend On The Arrival Of Illness
Now is the time of dark invitation
Beyond a frontier you did not expect;
Abruptly, your old life seems distant...
...Nothing before has made you
Feel so isolated and lost.
When the reverberations of shock subside in you,
May grace come to restore you to balance.
May it shape a new space in your heart
To embrace this illness as a teacher
Who has come to open your life to new worlds.
May you find in yourself
A courageous hospitality
Toward what is difficult,
Painful, and unknown...
...May you keep faith with your body,
Learning to see it as a holy sanctuary
Which can bring this night-wound gradually
Toward the healing and freedom of dawn.
To Bless the Space Between Us
I just recently learned of a blogging friend's challenging medical diagnosis. This post is inspired by her courage and grace. May the excerpts from John O'Donohue's blessing For A Friend On The Arrival Of Illness encourage and inspire her, and any of us dealing with unexpected illness at this time. The image chosen is in honor of her favorite color, blue.
You all have my permission to take the image. I hope you will pass it on to someone whose grace and courage inspires you.