“Blessing in the Chaos” by Jan Richardson (repost)

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you
Let what divides you
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

~ Jan Richardson, from paintedprayerbook.com

© Jan Richardson, from her book The Cure for Sorrow


* Originally shared here on 7/21/15

7 thoughts on ““Blessing in the Chaos” by Jan Richardson (repost)

    1. You’re so welcome, Pamela, thank You for the note!

      I added a link to the book in which this poem appears above just in case you’d like to read more of Jan’s work. She seems like an exquisite lady; she’s a minister and a widow. Her work is very comforting in times of grief and strife.

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  1. I didn’t remember this, but I checked and saw that I had “liked” it the first time you posted. Kind of speaks to how chaotic my life has been, all our lives have I’m printing this out and carrying it in my pocket for solace. It’s beautiful. And perfect.

    Thanks for always seeming to know what we need to read. xox

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  2. Ann Clark

    I’m actually doing well; yes, finding treasures for our Gift Shop and the Discovery Shop, too. And I’m almost finished with my tax organizing to see my CPA on Wednesday!

    Would love to hear about Balto! XOXO, Ann



    1. Hi Ann,
      I think your comment may have been meant for another, but I’m so grateful to you for reading and sharing! (We do our tax prep on Monday, ughhhhh. Talk about much needed blessings in chaos, haha!)


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