Encouragement for the Journey – 25/09/11

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Encouragement for the Journey – 25/09/11

Greetings fellow traveller,

Today, we honour the ministry of hospital chaplaincy, in the various hospitals and hospices around Aotearoa New Zealand. An aspect of the Chaplains ministry is being present in the presence of absence, we too

experience times of absence, may these words John O Donohue be a source of encouragement on your journey.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf

For Absence

May you know that absence is alive with hidden presence,

that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.

May the absences in your life grow full of eternal echo.

May you sense around you the secret Elsewhere

Where the presences that have left you dwell.

May you be generous in your embrace of loss.

May the sore well of grief turn into a seamless flow of presence.

May your compassion reach out to the ones we never hear from.

May you have the courage to speak for the excluded ones.

May you become the gracious and passionate subject of your own life.

May you not disrespect your mystery through brittle words or false belonging.

May you be embraced by God in whom dawn and twilight are one.

May your longing inhabit its dreams within the Great Belonging.