written by Emma Donohew for Wild Church, August 2019
May this blessing come in waves
waves of wonder
waves of astonishment
then waves of despair
It’s so much easier sometimes to tear it down
But then begins the long slow work of REpair
So before we begin to feel the crushing weight, that we are in this all alone,
This Blessing comes again once more
In not one but in twos
The first wave is to remind you of the companioning that happens
and is necessary in the delicate art of healing and making things new
The sacred pairing that we hope to have
as we work towards reconciliation between all beings.
It can be overwhelming all the work that needs to be done.
We need not look hard for the cracks to appear
For in those things & relationships worth renewing
Will always follow wear
The second wave comes swiftly and forcefully
to remind you that all things worth saving come out of a deep relationship of love
This blessing is begging you to reconsider your role as someone who can mend
Is it ok to want to go back to when something was new?
Or at least not throw it away without trying to mend, fix or repair it?
This blessing is for a repair that goes beyond hammers and nails
Goes beyond gauze and bandages
Goes beyond sorry and forgiveness
Requires vulnerability to know our place in the cycle of life and death
The earth knows how to repair
To refill empty space with life
Open yourself to this blessing and it’s final wave of courage
For repairing ourselves, community and world
For you have been made holy and whole.