traveling in the dark

A dear friend shared this beautiful poem by Jan Richardson.  I feel like I am surrounded by friends that are traveling in the dark.  It is a season of life none of us escape.  May it bless you as it blessed me.

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A Blessing for Traveling in the Dark

Go slow
if you can.
Slower.
More slowly still.
Friendly dark
or fearsome,
this is no place
to break your neck
by rushing,
by running,
by crashing into
what you cannot see.

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Then again,
it is true:
different darks
have different tasks
and if you
have arrived here unawares,
if you have come
in peril
or pain,
this might be no place
you should dawdle.

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I do not know
what these shadows
ask of you,
what they might hold
that means you good
or ill.
It is not for me
to reckon
whether you should linger
or you should leave.

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But this is what
I can ask for you:

That in the darkness
there be a blessing.
That in the shadows
there be a welcome.
That in the night
you be encompassed
by the Love that knows
your name.

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