This “uncomfortable blessing” was shared at a consultation on revitalization movements I attended in Edinburgh, Scotland a few years ago. It was offered by Mark Wilcox from The Community of Aidan and Hilda.

“May the Spirit bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships so that you will live deep in your heart.

May the Spirit bless you with anger at injustice and oppression, and exploitation of people and the earth so that you will work for justice, equity and peace.

May the Spirit bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer so that you will reach out your hand to comfort them.

May the Spirit bless you with foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do the things which others say cannot be done.”