Dec 5, 2012

Blessing: The Gift of Stillness


Here’s a blessing written by Brother David Steindalrast.

Blessing

May you grow still enough to hear
   the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter,
      so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within.

May you grow still enough to hear
   the trickling of water seeping into the ground,
      so that your soul may be softened and healed,
         guided in its flow.

May you grow still enough to hear
   the splintering of starlight in the winter sky
      and the roar at earth's fiery core.

May you grow still enough to hear
   the stir of a single snowflake in the air
      so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.

Peace..... the angel announced.
But peace is as much task as gift.

Only if we become calm as earth,
   fluid as water,
      and blazing as fire
will we be able to rise to the task of peacemaking,
and the air will stir with the rush of wings of angels arriving to help us.

This is why I wish you that great inner stillness
which alone allows us to speak, even today,
   without irony of "peace on earth"
   and, without despair, to work for it.

—written by Brother David Steindalrast, OSB, on the Process and Faith website.