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“Your Leap by Which the Road Will Come”

Dear Ones,

During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness “retreat.”  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, “The Beloved.”

I’d like to share a piece of music about an all too human disciple trying to keep his head above the waves on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “Let me out of this Boat”.  It was written by her beloved husband, Garrison Doles, who died last year.

I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough and the path looks more like a river.

Jan Richardson Blue Painting Dear Ones,                     During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness "Retreat."  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, "The Beloved."  I’d like to share a piece of music, about an all too human disciple, trying to keep his head above the waves, on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “ Let me out of this Boat”. It was written by her beloved husband, who died last year. I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan, to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough, and the path looks more like a river.       http://janrichardson.com/beloved-song9    BLESSING   When you come to the end of the road, the spiraling turn, the bend beyond which you cannot see, may your first practice be to breathe.   May your second practice be to breathe again.   Keep at this. Watch. Wait.   See what road appears that you did not think a road, what path is found by patience, what map is made by taking up the third practice: to keep breathing, stubborn in the rhythm of intake and release by which you will fill your yearning lungs not for the waiting road but for your leap by which the road will come.Dear Ones,                     During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness "Retreat."  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, "The Beloved."  I’d like to share a piece of music, about an all too human disciple, trying to keep his head above the waves, on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “ Let me out of this Boat”. It was written by her beloved husband, who died last year. I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan, to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough, and the path looks more like a river.       http://janrichardson.com/beloved-song9    BLESSING   When you come to the end of the road, the spiraling turn, the bend beyond which you cannot see, may your first practice be to breathe.   May your second practice be to breathe again.   Keep at this. Watch. Wait.   See what road appears that you did not think a road, what path is found by patience, what map is made by taking up the third practice: to keep breathing, stubborn in the rhythm of intake and release by which you will fill your yearning lungs not for the waiting road but for your leap by which the road will come. BLESSING

When you come
to the end
of the road,

the spiraling turn,
the bend beyond which
you cannot see,
may your first practice be
to breathe. 

May your second practice be
to breathe again.
 

Keep at this.
Watch.
Wait.
 

See what road appears
that you did not think
a road,
what path is found
by patience,
what map is made
by taking up
the third practice:
to keep breathing,
stubborn in the rhythm
of intake and release
by which you will
fill your yearning lungs
not for the waiting road
but for your leap
by which the road
will come.

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