May the Road Rise Up

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

~traditional Gaelic blessing

My colleague shared that she uses this wonderful blessing with her 1st graders and has them write their own “May you always”/”May you never” blessings.  You can only IMAGINE the hilarity  and sweetness that the kids create.

I started thinking about what I would write….

May you always have Peets coffee in your French press…

May you always have Downton Abbey episodes to fill your Sunday evenings…..

May you never worry over missing the latest issue of Sunset Magazine

and may you always find a spare day to spend at the beach, feeling the sand between your toes (or your child’s teeth!).

May you always sleep through the night without young children standing at your bedside, freaking your out in the middle of the night.

In all seriousness, those sentiments would NOT be on the top of my list.

Mostly, I would hope for that last one on the Gaelic Blessing…that you would always feel God holding you in the palm of his hand.  May you always feel deeply loved.  May you never doubt your worth.  May you always have a “brother” (or sister, or friend, or spouse, or companion) to lean on.  Because it is in these imperfect relationships that we learn and through this community that we are pushed and grow.

I felt the road rising up today.  It came through food delivery.  It came via my students who were hardworking, excited, motivated and engaged (many of you have been praying for that to happen and today, for the first time in a LONG time, it felt like we turned a corner!).  The hope arrived via a cozy, mellow movie night at home with the rain pouring down hard outside. And despite the tears, antics, loud/crazy/chaotic meals, the road rose up through our boys over dinner.  You can’t help but smile when hearing about the crazy shenanigans of the leprechauns invading the preschool.  Green glitter, upturned chairs, rolled up carpets….how can you NOT love those leprechauns!?!
Happy St Patrick’s Day
and may each of the places that feel low and in need of redemption and hope
rise up today.
(first picture was taken at Ano Nuevo State Park near Pescadero, CA; May, 2011)
(second picture was taken after torrential rains at Yosemite National Park; October 2011)

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