In recent months my prayers for people with cancer has grown to the point of needing a list to make sure I’ve covered everyone. My practice has been to say a prayer for each person, as requested, specific to their illness and desired outcome. With the ever expanding list, I realized I needed to pray differently. When I discovered that the July full moon is sometimes known as the Blessing Moon, I decided to simplify my prayer practice. I now bless each individual by name, within a general prayer for healing and wellness. It has brought me relief without lessening the intention of my spiritual support for others.
According to the late John O’Donohue, author of Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, released in the States as To Bless the Space Between Us:
“A blessing evokes a privileged intimacy. It touches that tender membrane where the human heart cries out to its divine ground.”
When I bless someone, it takes me out of my head and into my heart. I no longer struggle with saying just the right words. “Bless ____” becomes enough.
“In the ecstasy and loneliness of one’s life, there are certain times when a blessing is nearer to us than any other person or thing.”
When I bless someone, I feel closer to them. This is especially important to me when the one asking for prayer support lives far away.
“In the parched deserts of post-modernity a blessing can be like the discovery of a fresh well.”
When I bless someone, my image of them blossoms and blooms. I more easily see their perfection and magnificence.
“Whenever you give a blessing, a blessing returns to enfold you.”
When I bless someone, I am reminded that we are all children of The One God. Every blessing I speak echoes in return. How can it not?
“May we all receive blessing upon blessing. And may we realize our power to bless, heal and renew each other.”
Singing is a great way to express a blessing. Here is one of my favorites. Enjoy. And, before I forget, God Bless YOU!
Blessed Always – Donna De Lory