Tim used this blessing at the end of the Christian Aid week service in May and I wondered if others might like to see it written down. It has been used by a whole range of organisations (Christian Aid, Cafod, Amnesty, Franciscans, Benedictines) so it may be familiar to you.
May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those
who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe
that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God who creates, redeems and sanctifies,
be upon us and all we love and pray for, this day and forever