May God Bless You…

A Franciscan (Christmas) Blessing for Justice and Peacephoto

May God bless you with discomfort…
at easy answers, hard hearts, 
half-truths ,and superficial relationships. 
May God bless you so that you may live 
from deep within your heart
where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger…
at injustice, oppression, 
and exploitation of people.
May God bless you so that you may 
work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears…
to shed for those who suffer from pain, 
rejection, starvation and war. 
May God bless you so that you
may reach out your hand 
to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with 
enough foolishness 
to believe that you can make a difference 
in this world, in your neighbourhood, 
so that you will courageously try 
what you don’t think you can do, but,
in Jesus Christ you’ll have all the strength necessary.

May God bless you to fearlessly
speak out about injustice, 
unjust laws, corrupt politicians,
unjust and cruel treatment of prisoners,
and senseless wars, 
genocides, starvations, and poverty that is so pervasive.

May God bless you that you remember 
we are all called
to continue God’s redemptive work
of love and healing 
in God’s place, in and through God’s name,
in God’s Spirit, continually creating
and breathing new life and grace
into everything and everyone we touch.

Source: “Troubadour: A Missionary Magazine,” published by the Franciscan Missionary Society, Liverpool, UK: Spring 2005. https://educationforjustice.org/node/1609

Comments
2 Responses to “May God Bless You…”
  1. sandy says:

    Amen…

  2. Radmiller says:

    Thanks for sharing🙂 Its a good reminder that the pain we feel inside when we do wrong or see and read things that aren’t right is a blessing from God. Cheers!

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