January 2, 2021

Dear members of St. Mary’s,

Here we are in 2021, half way between Christmas and Epiphany. Although Epiphany falls on Wednesday, January 6th, we celebrate it on the closest Sunday before – this Sunday/tomorrow. The following blessing that I extend to you was written 17 years ago when Covid 19 wasn’t even a consideration.  Yet….. how perfectly the blessing addresses our situation today.

My love, prayers and blessings to you as we enter a new decade. I look forward to journeying this path we are invited to walk together!

Yours in Christ,   

A New Year’s Blessing

In this new year, I pray ….
That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with the Source of All Goodness who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul
That you find meaning, purpose and vitality in what you do daily
That you treasure your loved ones and let them know how dear they are to you
That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self
That you look in the mirror at least once a day and smile in happy amazement
That you remember relationships are what count above all else – more than work or money or all the material things we spend so much time tending
That you live in an uncluttered manner, enjoying the freedom to be content
That you keep your sense of humour when things don’t go the way you want
That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of Creation which constantly present themselves to you
That you never give up on yourself when others turn away or do not understand
That you are attentive the health of your body, mind and spirit
That you take risks and accept the growth-full challenges that come to you
That you draw on your inner strength and resilience when you are in need
That you carry peace within yourself, allowing it to slip into the hearts of others…. ….so our planet becomes a place where violence, division and war are no more.

Joyce Rupp 2004