Blessing for the Weary

Blessing for the Weary © Gail Doktor

This blessing is for those who heard the morning call
Kept the vigil through the night
Then kept on working and watching in the day, too

Hands that can hardly hold on
Eyes that burn and blink to stay open anymore
Throat that aches to speak or swallow

This blessing sits next to you
Bumping your shoulder and chuckling
Sharing the long night and the endless day

Paying attention alongside you
Bearing witness and digging in
Catching you as you finally come off shift and lay down your head

Promising that dreams may come
And sleep will heal what can be healed
And you will rise again in the company of a love that stays awake
Even when you cannot