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To Bless the Space Between Us

John O'Donohue

John O'Donohue, 1956 - 2008

by Seth Eisenberg

One of the most thoughtful gifts I ever received came from dear friends in San Diego after spending a week together serving veterans last summer.

Their gift was the book, To Bless the Space Between Us, a collection of insightful poetry by the late John O’Donohue that offers comfort and encouragement through life’s natural passages.

From celebrating Beginnings, exploring Desires, marking Thresholds, expressing gratitude for Homecomings, reflecting on States of Heart and the Callings of our Lives, and wisdom to look Beyond Endings, the collection never fails to deliver inspiration for heart, mind and spirit.

“For Celebration” is one of my favorites in the collection.

Now is the time to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder of your life.

Open your eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourages you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,
Things your effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.

The next time you’re searching for nourishment or guidance for meaningful daily reflections, I hope you’ll visit John O’Donohue’s website at www.johnodonohue.com.

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