Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The power of an encouraging word

I love the Irish. They have a nice way of blessing people. This is one of my favourite Irish blessings:

An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

I often use it when saying goodbye to friends, who are leaving for greener pastures, at home or abroad.

An Irish Prayer

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

This one, I often share, when I am at a loss for words to encourage someone going through a trial.

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