Blessing: You Who Bless

Here’s a blessing inspired by Matthew 25:  31-46.  It was written by Jan L. Richardson.

You who bless

“Come, you who are blessed,” Jesus says;
“for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
 was in prison and you visited me.”
Matthew 25: 34-36

who are
a blessing

who know
that to feed
the hungering
is to bless

and to give drink
to those who thirst
is to bless

who know
the blessing
in welcoming
the stranger

and giving clothes
to those
who have none

who know
to care
for the sick
is blessing

and blessing
to visit
the prisoner:

may the blessing
you have offered
now turn itself
toward you

to welcome
and to embrace you
at the feast
of the blessed.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.