A number of people asked about the blessing which Martin John Nicholls used at the end of the Christian Aid workshop on the Saturday night.
It is a traditional Franciscan blessing:
May God bless us with discomfort
at easy answers, halkf truths and superficial relationships,
so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
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 to joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness
to believe that we can make a diifference in the world,
so that we can do what others claim cannot be done,
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
remember, if you would like someone to come and speak to your youth group, fellowship, Pilots company or uniformed organisation then contact Charis Unsworth (the FURY/Christian Aid Intern) at Cunsworth@christian-aid.org
she’d love to hear from you and get involved with your group!
further resources to use with your youth group, or church, can be ordered (and many can be downloaded free of charge) from the Christian Aid website