Epiphany Blessing

Dearly Beloved,

On this Epiphany Day, may you receive this blessing and prayer from Jan Richardson. I have come to love her work, and this Epiphany prayer seems particularly appropriate as we step from 2020 (a year so different from what we had expected) into 2021 and as we continue with our worship theme of "An Uncertain Journey."

I look forward to being back with you next week. We are blessed to have Pastor Tracey Perry preach again this Sunday. I'll be back in the office on Monday. In the meantime, if you have a pastoral need, please reach out to our incoming Deacon Co-Chair Dana Stanke. 

Love and blessings,
Thandiwe

For Those Who Have Far to Travel
A Blessing for Epiphany

If you could see / the journey whole,
you might never / undertake it,
might never dare / the first step
that propels you / from the place
you have known / toward the place
you know not.

Call it / one of the mercies
of the road:
that we see it / only by stages
as it opens / before us,
as it comes into / our keeping,
step by / single step.

There is nothing / for it
but to go,
and by our going / take the vows
the pilgrim takes:

to be faithful to / the next step;
to rely on more / than the map;
to heed the signposts / of intuition and dream;
to follow the star / that only you
will recognize;

to keep an open eye / for the wonders that
attend the path;
to press on / beyond distractions,
beyond fatigue,
beyond what would / tempt you
from the way.

There are vows / that only you
will know:
the secret promises / for your particular path
and the new ones / you will need to make
when the road / is revealed
by turns / you could not
have foreseen.

Keep them, break them,
make them again;
each promise becomes / part of the path,
each choice creates / the road
that will take you / to the place
where at last / you will kneel

to offer the gift / most needed—
the gift that only you / can give—
before turning to go / home by
another way.


Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons