I was sad to miss the Ordination of my good friend and fellow blogger Mike Bursell today; I have come to know Mike as a kind and wise friend and I know that he will make an awesome Priest. He is one of many folk being Ordained into the Priesthood these days who will continue in his current proffession, being a Priest will add work and responsibility to his already busy life and so for him, and for his family I offer this blessing for a new position by John O'Donnahue.
May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you towards
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavour to remain aware
Of the quiet world that
Lives behind each face.
Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism,
May you have the grace of encouragement,
To awaken the gift in the others heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.
May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.
May this new work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart,
And the light of your thought.
May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of God.
Pop over to Mike's blog and leave him a word of encouragement or two.