“For One Who Is Exhausted”

For two weeks in a row now I haven’t preached. The first because of inclement weather and yesterday because I spent the day in bed not feeling well. This should be to your benefit because instead of a recap on what I preached about, I have passed along some wise words from others.

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Today, I find myself exhausted. Not tired only because I am recovering from being sick, but because life is busy right now and times have been tough lately.

In times like these, I find comfort in this blessing from John O’Donohue. It is titled, “For One Who is Exhausted.” Enjoy:

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic

Time takes on the strain until it breaks;

Then all the unattended stress falls in

On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

The light in the mind becomes dim.

Things you could take in stride before

Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.

Gravity begins falling inside you,

Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.

And you are marooned on unsure ground.

Something within you has closed down;

And you cannon push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.

The desire that drove you has relinquished.

There is nothing else to do now but rest

And patiently learn to receive the self

You have forsaken in the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken

And sadness take over like listless weather.

The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;

Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up

To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of the rain

When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,

Taking time to open the well of color

That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone

Until its calmness can claim you.

Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.

Learn to linger around someone of ease

Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,

Having learned a new respect for your heart

And the joy that dwells far within slow time.¹

 

Grace & Peace.

 

1. John O’Donohue, “For One Who is Exhausted,” To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, “For One Who is Exhausted, (New York, NY: The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, 2008), 125-126.

 

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