Monday, December 24, 2012

For Absence

May you know that absence is alive with hidden
presence, that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.

May the absences in your life grow full of eternal 

May you sense around you the secret Elsewhere
where the presences that have left you dwell.

May you be generous in your embrace of loss.

May the sore well of grief turn into a seamless flow
of presence.

May your compassion reach out to the ones we never 
hear from.

May you have the courage to speak for the excluded

May you become the gracious and passionate subject
of your own life.

May you not disrespect your mystery through brittle
words or false belonging.  

May you be embraced by God in whom dawn and
twilight are one. 

May your longing inhabit its dreams within the 
Great Belonging.

John O'Donohue 
Photo:  Peter Bowers