May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly, and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that
you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able,
with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

~Francsiscan Blessing

I swiped the prayer from the care site of a friend whose oldest daughter, 9 years old, has been fighting leukemia for 5 years; that’s most of her life if you’re really bad at math.

I am fairly certain I’ve never heard a prayer that rings so true.  I am so grateful for having read this today; and for the words that accompanied it from my friend who said she no longer prays for a cure but prays to feel and not detach from every last bit of her sadness.

Life is hard but not because we are doing it wrong.  Right?  It is full of restless discomfort and holy anger and tears for those who suffer and foolishness to believe we can make a difference.

I have been 100% sure lately that I can not make a difference at all.    So I’m praying for some more foolishness, apparently this isn’t enough:

My feeling towards Dan who ate the last of the granola bars I made for back to school…he’d be a fool to do that again.  He tried to blame Millie.

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And on this topic, our pediatrician explicitly recommends none of his patients go on a trampoline.  Ever.  Well, we think there are way worse things in the world.  Like hatred and sitting on the couch playing video games.  Not that he recommends those things either but we can’t be perfect.  We are full of, at least *some*, complete foolishness.

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