Scottish Blessing

Photo by Eileen Henderson

This view has a special meaning for me. It's near the farm where my great great grandmother was born and where she married my great great grandfather. It's here because I wanted a Scottish view for the blessing I quote at the end of this post.

How do you you think I should use this blog in the future? I'm thinking of making changes, but am undecided. The readership has increased, including returning and regular readers, so I hope that means that some people appreciate what I write. I enjoy the process, so I will probably continue to post regularly anyway.

For now, I want to say a big THANK YOU for visiting, THANK YOU for returning (if you do). If you have THANK YOU for commenting, either on the blog or via Facebook. For those of you bloggers whose blogs I so enjoy THANK YOU (you will know who you are, because I have probably left comments on your posts.) So for all of you, here's a Scottish blessing which really appeals to me

May the blessing of light be on you
     - light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,

     so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
      like a candle set in the windows of a house,
      bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you,
      may it beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean,
      and leave there a shining pool where the blue Heaven shines,
      and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
       soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
       soft under you as you lie out on it,
       tired at the end of the day;
      and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you
     that your soul may be out from under it quickly;
     up and off and on its way to God.
And now may the Lord bless you,
     and bless you kindly.

I found this blessing on Elizabeth Hanna's blog here. Thank you!


  1. Lovely blessing, Nancy, especially as I look out on another Scottish landscape.

    As far as your blog is concerned, I feel too new to it and to blogging in general to say anything more specific than this. I really believe that you have to blog in tune with your own nature and calling, whether this means very or less regularly, short or long, personal or general. What draws me to follow blogs is when I find an individual blogger who has found his or her own voice and whose blog says things that interest or challenge me and that I respond to, as I do to yours.

    Not sure that's any practical help, but if you come up with proposed changes and post them here before making them, I'll try to comment helpfully.

  2. Thanks Perpetua, that is helpful. To "blog in tune with" my "own nature and calling" is a general principle I think I should stick to - but then callings may change don't you think? In a strange way I feel called to blog, but still in process of discovering why.


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