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Blessed be…

Blessed be the longing that brought you here
and quickens your soul with wonder.

May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

May the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship –
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.

May the one you long for long for you.

May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.

May a secret providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.

May your mind inhabit your life with the sureness
with which your body inhabits the world.

May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.

May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.

May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.

–From To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue, pp. 35-36.

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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Traditional interpretation, by the Choirs Of The Cathedral Of St. Philip, Atlanta:

Contemporary interpretation, by Sufjan Stevens:

Piano interpretation, by Eric Schrotenboer:

Come, thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
here by thy great help I’ve come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

Come, thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of thy unchanging love.

–Traditional interpretation from the album “We Praise Thee, Oh God” – Music for the Church by Charles Beaudrot, by the Choirs Of The Cathedral Of St. Philip, Atlanta/Craig Cansler, Conductor/David Fishburn, Organist.

–Contemporary interpretation from the album Songs For Christmas, Vol. II: Hark! by Sufjan Stevens.

–Piano interpretation from the album Still Waters, by Eric Schrotenboer.

Composed by Robert Robinson (1758),
Tune based on Nettleton.

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“For Longing”

Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.

May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

May the forms of your belonging — in love, creativity, and friendship —
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.

May the one you long for long for you.
May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.
May a secret Providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.
May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.

May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.

Adapted from “To Bless the Space Between Us” by John O’Donohue (pp. 35-36).

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Unnamed, by me

Lord God, you have given us an abundance of blessings through your Son Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit. We pray that, by the power of your Spirit, we may faithfully serve you and work to bring about your will in our lives and in our communities. We ask these things through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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