Blessed Be

November 20, 2012

“I am in a mind to bless.  Blessed be the book, the page, the word, the letter.  Blessed be the great names and the ungreat names.  Blessed be the velvet that is the color of wine, and the wine.  Blessed be the particles in the light. Blessed be the shoulder and blessed be the burden.  Blessed be the calendar.  Blessed be the clock.”
— Leon Wieseltier, Kaddish

Blessed be the book, the page, the word, the letter . . .

What a heartfelt prayer this is!  An acknowledgement of the myriad blessings that fill our lives.  Gratitude must surely begin with awareness, with the simple recognition of the gifts that have been bestowed on us.

“Gratitude is a feeling that depends on thinking:  it is ignited in the receiver’s heart not only by another’s kind action but also by his or her own attention, awareness, understanding, reflection, and openness to seeing and accepting the goodness of somebody else.”
— Margaret Visser, The Gift of Thanks:  The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude


2 Responses to “Blessed Be”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Like love, gratitude has an emotional component but it’s far more than emotion. It’s also a habit, a discipline, an attitude of mind – a point that Visser makes well.

    And I think it was in Madeleine L’Engle’s “Irrational Season” that she tells the story of one of her children at evening prayer, “God blessing” everything he can think of, until he ends up, “And God, God bless you, too!”

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