Posted by: Philip Rushton | March 14, 2016

A Franciscan Benediction

Last night we hosted our Syrian Refugee event with guests speakers Hazar Jaber and Miles Gilchrist.  Thanks to everyone who showed up.  We had a packed house with standing room only.   After the event people asked if I could post a link to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) so that they might be able to donate some funds to this organization.  Hazar has been actively involved in this organization and explained how they are uniquely positioned to get help to people in Syria.  SAMS is actively trying to provide healthcare for people caught in the crossfire of the ongoing civil war.  Here is the link: https://www.sams-usa.net/foundation/

Secondly, many of you asked if I could post a copy of the Franciscan benediction I used to end the evening.   Here are the words.

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that we may live from deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with just enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world,
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and all our neighbors who are poor.
Amen.

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Responses

  1. Thank you, Phil, for all of your efforts to bring about Sunday evening. It was insightful and challenging. The speakers presented a true need. Your closing prayer demands Christians to respond. Bill and Julie

  2. Oh how I wish I had been there!!!! What a wonderful benediction.

    Daryl


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