by Phil Coulter
May the blessing of light be upon you
Light on the outside and light on the inside.
With God's sunlight shining on you,
May your heart glow with warmth like a turf fire
That welcomes friends and strangers alike.
May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes
like a candle in the window, welcoming the weary traveler.
May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you,
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,
carrying rain to wash your spirit clean, sparkling after, in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God's earth be on you and
As you walk the roads, may you always have a
kind word for those you meet.
May you understand the strength and power
of God in a thunderstorm in winter, the quiet
beauty of creation and the calm of a summer sunset.
And may you come to realize that insignificant as you may seem
in this great universe, you are an important part of God's plan.
God bless you all.
May God's blessings be upon you and your family.
[The editor dedicates today's Irish Benediction to The Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Darby Welch (JoAnn) retired pastors who reside in Florence, South Carolina, and are members of the Great South Carolina Conference.]