Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blessing in Chaos

By: Jan Richardson on her blog at The Painted Prayerbook on January 24, 2012

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you
Let what divides you
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

The human heart continues to dream of a state of wholeness, a place where everything comes together, where loss will be made good, where blindness will transform into vision, where damage will be made whole, where the clenched question will open in the house of surprise, where the travails of a life’s journey will enjoy a homecoming. To invoke a blessing is to call some of that wholeness upon a person now.


  1. I stumbled across your blog while googling different variations of "grace" to see what might be left to use as a name of my own someday blog. Ever since, I visit to read the beautiful poems, both collected and created. This discovery was very welcome. Funny, I am also a yoga teacher, mama to a little girl, collector of words...I even lived in MN as a child. Just wanted to thank you for this lovely space!



  2. Heather - I so appreciate your sincere post. Thank you for visiting my blog and I love the connections...maybe someday we will meet :) Many blessings and Namaste to you as well :)