Blessing the Ordinary

Nourishing the Spirit will be a blog that shares poems, prayers, quotes and photos intended to nourish our spirits.  We pray these blog posts will be a blessing to all.  In our first post we offer this blessing from Jan Richardson, writer, artist and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.  Check out her website at


“The whole earth is full of God’s glory.”
-Isaiah 6:3



Blessing the Ordinary

Let these words
lay themselves
like a blessing
upon your head,
your shoulders,

as if,
like hands,
they could pass on
to you
what you most need
for this day,

as if they could
anoint you
not merely for
the path ahead

but for this ordinary moment
that opens itself
to you–

opens itself
like another hand
that unfurls itself,
that reaches out
to gather
these words
in the bowl
of its palm.

You may think
this blessing
lives within
these words,

but I tell you
it lives
in the opening
and in the reaching;

it lives
in the ache
where this blessing

it lives
in the hollow
made by the place
where the hands
of this blessing

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