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Celtic Blessing On Leaving Home

Jonathan Gaddis from Holy in the Daily

My son left home this morning. Packed his car to the ceiling and stuffed a grocery bag full of carrots, peanut butter, bread and energy bars into a left over hole. He’s left home before—two years in Northern Ireland a few years ago. As with most men at age 23, this will probably, hopefully, be his last time leaving home.

He’s headed to Massachusetts to discover adventure and his future. I prayed this blessing for him this morning from To Bless the Space Between Us, A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue.

Every time you leave home,

Another road takes you

Into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await,

New places that have never seen you

Will startle a little at your entry.

Old places that know you well

Will pretend nothing

Changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself

Alone in a different way,

More attentive now

To the self you bring along,

Your more subtle eye watching

You abroad; and how what meets you

Touches that part of the heart

That lies low at home.

Well…I’ll let you find the rest of the blessing hidden amidst many more daily blessings and experiences in To Bless the Space Between Us.

Go forth and conquer, Jonathan. Our prayers and blessings go with you.

In Him together, Mom

Four down and two to go. My nest will become empty someday.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Mc Chavez


    From one momma’s heart to another, I share a sigh full of hope with you.


  2. Lilly Green


  3. Susan Gaddis

    Kindred hearts–Thank you for the shoulders to lean on.

  4. Daniella

    I look at my little Jonathan and I can’t imagine that one day he’ll be a man and leaving… but at the same time, I hope he becomes a man like your Jonathan with passion for Jesus and adventure in his heart. Thanks for posting such a sweet blessing!

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