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Benediction

8 May 2010

At Baccalaureate this afternoon, the Rabbi speaking noted the word  לֶךְ־לְךָ (lekh-lÿkha, “go out”) in the call to Abraham; it translates to “you leave!” A direct call from God to go forth, into the unknown. I feel like that’s where I am in a lot of ways right now. Less angsty than before, still anxious, but more trusting.

This is the blessing that the Rt. Rev’d Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, uses at the end of every service, including my Confirmation three years ago and my last service at Chapel of the Cross last week. It’s also the blessing that Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser read at the Celebration of Eve Carson’s life at the Dean E.  Smith Center two years ago.

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honor everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

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