A blessing for the animals

Dear God,The blessing we are seekingIs for our companions in quarantine,For all the creatures in our lives,Our pets and the animals we encounter. God, we are grateful for the guinea pigs,Rescue dogs and shelter cats,Backyard chickens and goats,Rabbits and birds,Chameleons and snakes. God, we give thanks forThe hummingbirds who visit our neighborhoods,The ladybugs and lizards…

A blessing for doing the work

You should knowAs you are committing to doing the workThat it is never glamorousIt always comes with unexpected costsIt will probably beMuch more difficult than you expect.We want to think that the wrestle with evils in our societyIs Noble Dignified RighteousBut they often look likeWestling with our ownRacismour ownHomophobiaour ownTransphobiaour ownClassicismour ownAblism.It will make us…

A blessing for those who are transitioning

God who sees,God who sees our heartsGod who knows our true selvesHold our belovedAs they embrace their courageAnd make changes in their lifeThat reveal their hidden selves.God of this seeing and knowing,Remind us thatKnowingHonoringCaring forOurselves is the greatest gift.Grant our beloved the courageTo move through the worldAnd know they are lovedThat they and others will…

A blessing for those who are coming out

God of courageBe with thoseWho are sharing their truthSurround them with affirmationsThe love of friends and familyRemind the family who are uncertainThat we do not need to understandIn order to loveRemind us allThat self knowledgeIs its own form of graceIts own divine giftAnd hard-wonGrant us the imaginationTo see those who have come outAs happyTo share…

A blessing for all of the queer folks

This is a blessingTo remind youWith strength and gentlenessThat your body is a templeWhole and beautifulWorthy and unique.You need no special documentationTo inhabit itOr possess itBecause it is entirely yoursSanctified by a GodWho knows your pronounsWhose gender is reflected in youWho loves the people you love.This God sees your temple bodyAs sacred and holy.Misunderstanding men…

Blessings, Prayers, and Poems at the Exponent

In the last handful of years or so, I’ve written a lot of blessings and prayers. Some of these have proved to be useful beyond the initial giving and I want to share them all here. The links below are to prayers and blessings that I have posted on The Exponent Blog. I plan to…

Blessing for letting go

Blessing for letting goBy Nancy Ross This blessing reminds youThat sometimes what we must removeIs not as simple as decluttering the kitchenIt is not as simple as pulling unused coatsOut of the closetSometimes we must get out the shovelStart digging in the backyardUntil we find that buried boxOf ghosts and bodiesWe don’t know how to…

A blessing for those in need of a blessing

I posted the text of this blessing over at the Exponent Blog last month. I prefaced the blessing with the following text: Prior to the pandemic, I asked the folks in the Exponent community what situations they would like to have addressed in a blessing and was overwhelmed by the response. I offer this blessing-of-many-needs…