This blessing cannot help it;
It’s the way it was designed.
Lay it down and it rises again.
Release it and it returns.
Give it away and it makes its way back to you.
There is no explaining how it delights in reappearing
when you have ceased to hold it,
no hiding the sly smile it wears when it shows up at your door,
no mistaking the wonder when it circles back around
just at the moment you thought you had spent it vout completely,
had poured it out with abandon
when you saw the deepest thirst for it,
put it entirely in the hands
of those desperate in their hunger.
But here it is.
The perfect circle of it pressing into your hand
that curls around it and then lets go,
receiving and releasing and receiving again
like the breath
that does not belong to us
but sets us in motion.
This Lenten blessing written by Jan Richardson is a reflection on words from the Gospel According to Mark: “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and the sake of the gospel, will save it.” How do her words and the words from scripture inform and enrich each other? Have there been times when you have experienced the return of a blessing in this way? If a particular line or image is especially meaningful for you, try responding to it with art or written words of your own, as you are led.