DeacPost “An Epiphany Blessing”

If you could see the journey whole
You might never undertake it;
Might never dare the first step
that propels you from the place
you have known toward the place
you know not.

Call it one of the mercies
Of the road; that we see it
Only by stages as it opens
Before us,

As it comes into our keeping
Step by single step.
There is nothing for it but to go

And by our going take the vows
The pilgrim takes:
To be faithful to the next step;
To rely on more than the map;
To heed the signposts
To follow the star
That only you will recognize;

To keep an open eye for the wonders that
Attend the path; to press on
Beyond distractions beyond fatigue
Beyond what would tempt you from the way.

There are vows that only you will know
The secret promises for your particular path
And the new ones you will need to make
When the road is revealed
By turns you could not
Have foreseen

Keep them, break them, make them again:
Each promise becomes part of the path;
Each choice creates the road that will take you
To the place where at last you will kneel
To offer the gift most needed-the gift that only you can give
Before turning to go home by
Another way.”

by Jan Richardson (shared by Deaconess Student Karen Davidson)

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