A Blessing for Holy Week
If you feel like life is already dark
if Lent feels never-ending
if worry has taken over your mind
if you wonder when dawn will break –
this blessing is for you.
This blessing gently invites you in
to feel the days and the week
the holy days
the lingering minutes
the stories of our faith.
This blessing knows uncertainty, pain, and darkness
but this blessing also sees the light.
This blessing will take your hand and guide you:
to take the bread and wine
hearing Jesus say, “Given and shed for you.”
To hold your feet and wash them
looking in your eyes to say, “I love you.”
To sit at the foot of the cross crying with you
offering presence in grief and loss
never leaving your side.
To wait and dance in the dark, peering into the light
rising with the Son, meeting at the empty tomb.
This blessing is yours through the holiest of days
and the biggest heartbreaks
this blessing is your as the blinding sun falls over you
transforming death into life.
So come closer and hear these words
they are yours
today and everyday:
you are loved, you are loved, you are loved.
Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a mother, wrier, and pastor living in Central Missouri with her family. You can read more at her website: Kimberlyknowlezeller.com. If you’d like to read more from Kim, you can sign up for her monthly newsletter, Walk and Talk here. As a gift to her readers and subscribers who sign up, she has a free downloadable resource: Walk and Talk with God: Reflection, Scripture references, and a how-to for your own contemplative walk.