Wednesday, March 23, 2011

...for a friend...

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.

~John O'Donohue
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.


  1. My sweet friend, I am so touched. May I also copy these words to put in my journal? I'm steeping myself in words such as these and they bring such peace to me when I am anything but peaceful at times.

    Do you know I have your beautiful photo in my room, and now it will pop off the blue in the walls, I delight in it so. I'm taking this one too as a gentle reminder of who I want to be. Thank you for this gift, what a delight to come and find this today :)

    So honored Bonnie, thank you...

  2. What a beautiful poem and a beautiful image from a beautiful person.

  3. Vicky:

    Of course you may copy the words - in fact - I will e-mail you the complete version of O'Donohue's 'blessing'.

    With you in any way I can be, on this detour in your life's journey ...

  4. a wonderful verse with a great blessing...prayers for your friend...

  5. Beautiful poem and image. I'm so sorry that your friend is suffering.

  6. Bonnie, you seem to know the right thing to do. Vicky, I read the last two posts on your blog. I wish you best luck and much strength in the coming time.

  7. The words are beautiful. The image is beautiful.

    I just visited Vicky's blog. Also beautiful.

    I hate cancer.

  8. I too am blessed by the words and image.

  9. Sooooooo inspiringly beautiful & peaceful !!!!

  10. So thoughtful!
    Very Beautiful!

  11. be strong vicki and know that so many people will wish you wellness from their hearts! steven


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