Invocation: Blessing of a Lucky Wren

Invocation: Blessing of a Lucky Wren

“It would be lovely if we could rediscover our power to bless one another,” Irish author John O’Donohue says. “ When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere. Some of the plenitude flows into our hearts from the invisible neighborhood of loving kindness.” (To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, O’Donohue)

I have always believed in the power of weddings. They are one of the few rituals still practiced with the potential to bless a couple as they enter an institution of adulthood. A promise is made in front of families and friends; a community blessing bestowed. Gifts help the new couple set up a household.

My first marriage was such a transition. Although I made a promise I could not keep, I still use several of those material blessings on a daily basis. This is another that carries the memory of a blessing of a loved one in the farming community in which I was spawned.

Still on duty after all these years!

Blessing of a Lucky Wren

Chipped beak and tail
after years of service

Lucky Wren—shower gift
from the Sunday school piano player
Set in your kitchen window for luck

In the beginning there were two
Now, like my own fledglings,
the smaller is gone

A prayer given
an intention set

May your life go well.