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Poem: Blessed are you who bear the light

by Jan Richardson (janrichardson.com)

Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,
in whom
the brightness blazes—
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith,
in stubborn hope,
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.

© Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons. janrichardson.com

(Originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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  1. Avatar Mary E Heins on March 21, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful poem. It’s a good reminder that we are indeed bearers of the light when we help others, when we bring joy or laughter, or when we bring consolation in dark times. May God be ever-present in my heart and keep that fire burning!

  2. Avatar cielo f. acosta on January 8, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Heart-warming and timely…Gratis et Amore

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