A note from the author: “Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.” (p 12)
Long nights and cold days,
Fallow fields and dormant trees,
A journey of the inner world.
I open my eyes and see light.
Warmth breaking through,
Promise of new life
Coming out of death.
Inside and all around me.
You, God, source of hope,
Source of healing,
Source of life.
Make your home in me.
—Beth A. Richardson
Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings
A Celtic blessing from page 49 of Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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—Ecclesiastes 3:1, NRSV
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