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Jan Richardson, ’n Amerikaanse teoloog, skryf onlangs dat meeste van ons opsoek is na ’n roetekaart om vir ons te sê waarheen ons volgende moet gaan. Maar om ons weg deur die misterie van die lewe te vind, verduidelik sy, is dit nodig vir ons om gewillig te wees om in die misterie in te stap. Sy skryf dan hierdie seëngebed wat ek graag vir ons wil voorlees:

The Map You Make Yourself by Jan Richardson

You have looked at so many doors with longing, wondering if your life lay on the other side.

For today, choose the door that opens to the inside.

Travel the most ancient way of all: the path that leads you to the center of your life.

No map but the one you make yourself.

No provision but what you already carry and the grace that comes to those who walk the pilgrim’s way.

Speak this blessing as you set out and watch how your rhythm slows, the cadence of the road drawing you into the pace that is your own.

Eat when hungry.

Rest when tired.

Listen to your dreaming.

Welcome detours as doors deeper in.

Pray for protection.

Ask for the guidance you need.

Offer gladness for the gifts that come and then let them go.

Do not expect to return by the same road.

Home is always by another way and you will know it not by the light that waits for you but by the star that blazes inside you telling you where you are is holy and you are welcome here