duck in lake, glittering water

Blessing Tree


When I saw this beautiful scene, it was my birthday. I was high up in the Rocky Mountains on a morning hike. It seemed like there were diamonds glittering in the water near the duck. The thought of my late husband and ancestors came to mind.  I made a comfort card using the words suggested by Mother Nature:

a blessing tree
a morning blue lake
from which to sip, to swim in, to regain freshness
sparkling gifts to accompany you each moment
water, air, fire and earth
gifts from the universe
gifts from Divine
gifts from your ancestors
gifts from your family
gifts from your friends
fruits of your own gifts returning to you
may these gifts accompany you
like a silvery dew cloak
for the journey of each day and night


John O’Donohue was so gifted in writing blessings and poems. Here are some of his words:


“Unfinished Poem

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”


“The eternal world and the mortal world are not parallel, rather they are fused.”

― from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom


“For Equilibrium, a Blessing:

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.”

― from “To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Invocations and Blessings”