|Although the details of my family tree are more vague than I'd like, my English surname, freckled face and naturally red hair suggest that I'm of Celtic descent. Perhaps my ancestry is why this Irish prayer appeals to me.|
An Irish Blessing
May the blessing of light be upon you,
light on the outside, light on the inside.
With God's sunlight shining on you,
may your heart glow with warmth like a turf fire
that welcomes friends and strangers alike.
May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes
like a candle in the window
welcoming the weary traveler.
May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you
falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you
carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean,
sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God's earth be on you.
And as you walk the roads,
may you always have a kind word for those you meet.
May you understand the strength and power of God
in a thunderstorm in winter,
and the quiet beauty of creation
in the calm of a summer sunset.
And may you come to realize that,
insignificant as you may seem in this great universe,
you are an important part of God's plan.
May He watch over you
and keep you safe from harm.
Speaking of redheads ...
Like many of my best-tressed sisters, I've used my natural haircolor to make all sorts of excuses. We've all heard of Blonde Jokes, but did you know that Redhead Jokes are just as common – only better?