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Blessing the Way

by  Jan Richardson


With every step you take,

this blessing rises up to meet you.

It has been waiting long ages for you.


Look close and you can see the layers of it,

how it has been fashioned

by those who walked

this road before you,

how it has been created

of nothing but their determination

and their dreaming,

how it has taken its form

from an ancient hope

that drew them forward

and made a way for them

when no way could be seen.


Look closer and you will see

this blessing is not finished.,

that you are part of the path it is preparing,

that you are how this blessing

means to be a voice within the wilderness

and a welcome for the way.