Good Evening, God!
This afternoon, as I was doing my Centering Prayer, I fell into Blessing. I started with You. You are easy. The more I bless You, the more in awe I am of Your Complexity and of the overwhelming goodness of your Being.
In spite of — or maybe because of — my not having a really solid definition of just what blessing is. . . . I find that a lot of positive emotions and feelings swirl around inside me as I bless. I like it. Blessing is clearly positive and feels like a mix of total acceptance, loving kindness, appreciation and a sort of feeling of kinship. When those feelings were swirling around inside me, I tried to extend them to myself.
Total acceptance? Well, I’m more at peace with my Shadowy parts . . . realizing they need to be loved and carefully managed. Loving kindness? As I realize what a small and relatively young being I am . . .yes, I can extend loving kindness to myself. Appreciation? I like being me and I am thankful to be me.
Also, as I was doing my Centering Prayer, an idea resurfaced from several days ago. It is clearly my calling to care for myself . . . my body and mind and heart. And this Individual Body is somehow analogous to our Country . . . Our Body Politic. Hmm. I was overwhelmed with the awareness that it is also my “calling” to care for and bless Our Body Politic. Bless ALL of us.
Perhaps this is part of what You intended in I Timothy 2:1-2: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
And, of course, God, this excellent advice isn’t just for me! May we all join together in praying for one another . . . praying and blessing every one of us!