A Blessing for Everything

A Blessing for Everything

Years ago, I read a book called “The Carmina Gaedelica.” It’s a collection of Celtic Christian prayers, enchantments and blessings from the 19th Century from the Outer Hebrides of the Scottish Isles, a place that had preserved much of its original pagan roots. When you read the prayers and poems (and, yes, spells/enchantments!) you can tell they are unique immediately; they were all once from the druidic/pagan tradition. When Christianity came along, they just added in Jesus and Mary.

What I loved about this book was how there was a blessing for everything – from lighting the fire, to milking the cow, to harvesting the wheat. There were big rituals of blessing and smaller ones; but everything was seen in that light. It got me thinking: What might our days be like if we greeted each day, and each person, as if they were a blessing?

I invite you this month to wake each morning and find something that feels like a blessing – even if it is to turn on the coffee maker, feed the cat/dog or snuggle under the covers.

With love,
Rev. Sian

Rev. Sian Wiltshire is Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church's minister. Please feel free to reach out and say hello! She can be reached by email, revsian@ocuuc.org, or by church phone at (714) 556-2882 (x302).

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