Blue Christmas Worship 2019

Blessing for the Longest Night


One:    All throughout these months

as the shadows
have lengthened,
this blessing has been
gathering itself,
making ready,
preparing for
this night.


All:      It has practiced
walking in the dark
traveling with
its eyes closed,
feeling its way
by memory
by touch
by the pull of the moon
even as it wanes.


One:    So believe me
when I tell you
this blessing will
reach you
even if you
have not light enough
to read it;
it will find you
even though you cannot
see it coming.


All:      You will know
            the moment of its
            by your release
            of the breath

you have held

so long;

a loosening
of the clenching
in your hands,

of the clutch
around your heart;

a thinning
of the darkness
that had drawn itself

around you.


One:    This blessing
            does not mean
            to take the night away
            but it knows

            its hidden roads
            knows the resting spots

            along the path,

            knows what it means

            to travel
            in the company
            of a friend


All:      So when
            this blessing comes,  

            Take its hand.
            Get up.
            Set out on the road
            you cannot see.

            This is the night
            when you can trust

            that any direction
            you go,
            you will be walking toward the dawn.


©Jan L. Richardson