A Blessing for the New Year

A Blessing for the New Year


December 28, 2022
A Note from Pastor April

Dear Friends,

As we turn toward a new year this Sunday, we offer a word of blessing from one of my favorites, Jan Richardson.

May this year be filled with blessings, and may each of us be ready with open hearts to receive…

Jan Richardson

Blessing the Threshold

This blessing
has been waiting for you
for a long time.

While you have been
making your way here,
this blessing has been
gathering itself,
making ready,
biding its time,

This blessing has been
polishing the door,
oiling the hinges,
sweeping the steps,
lighting candles
in the windows.

This blessing has been
setting the table
as it hums a tune
from an old song
it knows,
something about
a spiraling road
and bread
and grace.

All this time
it has kept an eye
on the horizon,
keeping vigil,
hardly aware of how
it was leaning itself
in your direction.

And now that
you are here,
this blessing
can hardly believe
its good fortune
that you have finally arrived,
that it can drop everything
at last
to fling its arms wide
to you, crying

—Jan Richardson
Source: Jan Richardson Facebook post.


Pastor April

The Rev. April Blaine
Lead Pastor
614.876.2403 (church office)

Reverend April Blaine, Lead Pastor
Pastor April Blaine