Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted - Slow Time Sabbath


"Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath."  (Mark 2:27 NLT)



A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted
 John O’Donohue

Take refuge in your senses,
open up 
to all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
when it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of colour
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
until its calmness can claim you.

Be excessively gentle with yourself. 

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.

Learn to linger around someone of ease
who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually you will return to yourself,
having learned a new respect for your heart
and the joy that dwells far within slow time.