For one who is exhausted, a blessing

For One Who Is Exhausted, a Blessing

John O’Donohue

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have travelled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.


Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

From Benedictus: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue. Reproduced with permission.

Right now many of us will be feeling weary and anxious and in need of being held in reconciliation. Alongside the climate crisis, the current public health crisis highlights the brokenness and pain of creation.
Today, may we take some time to draw closer to God knowing that God always seeks more and better for us and the whole of creation.

Reflect today…
Where have you felt God’s reconciling love in your life this week, or this past month?
How could you press into God’s reconciling love this week, by seeking to notice where it is needed, and where it is taking place?
How might knowing that we as individuals and collectively are held in reconciliation to a God who always seeks the best for us change how we relate and are reconciled to creation?