For Celebration — John O’Donohue’s Blessing

Glad for this invocation of celebration from the poet and priest, John O’Donohue. His book,  “To Bless the Space Between Us” remains a favorite.

Yesterday, to begin a day with UCC Pastors, I read the poem below. To invoke so much of what O’Donohue writes — the free heart, joy, friendships, mystery, participation in life.


Now is the time to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder of your life.

Open your eyes and see the friends,
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encouraging you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,
Things your effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.