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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Blessing for John

Today is my brother John's birthday. It is the first birthday since he died last May, and it's been a much harder day than I thought it would be. It's just all so real today, and we are all truly feeling his absence.

My Dad shared this blessing with us today in honor of John's birthday because so much of it reminded Dad of John. It's a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.

My wish for you
I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, nor a life on a bed of roses,
Not that you might never need regret,
nor that you should never feel pain.
No, that is not my wish for you.
My wish for you is:
That you might be brave in times of trial,
when others lay crosses upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed,
When hope can scarce shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow with you
and let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.
That you may always have a friend who is worth that name,
whom you can trust and who helps you in times of sadness,
Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.
One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you.
This is my wish for you and for all who care for you.
This is my hope for you now and forever.

-- anonymous Irish blessing

Be good. Be strong.


  1. Jennie - I read all of your posts last year about your family, and I was so crushed when I learned that Mark did not make it.

    I am thinking of you all, and I wish that there were words but there are not. Just know please that there are so many of us who believe in you and who are honored to be teammates with you, and that what you are doing matters to and memorializes the most important thing there is: love.

    Take good care. Helen/

  2. What an honor it is to support you. After all those times we trudged up and down the hill between our homes, what's a marathon? :) Those for whom you run will be with you every step -- and we will too! Lots of love to you and your entire family!