…the mystery of how a heart so broken can go on beating

Loss comes to us, uninvited and fills our hearts with sadness. It comes in different ways. It can make us feel as if the road ahead is too long and hard. At times the cost to keep putting one step in front of the other feels too high.

This blessing by Jan Richardson comes as a balm, a comfort and a hope. It’s from the book The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings in Times of Grief.

Let us agree

for now
that we will not say
the breaking
makes us stronger
or that it is better
to have this pain
than to have done
without this love.

Let us promise

we will not
tell ourselves
time will heal
the wound,
when every day
our waking
opens it anew.

Perhaps for now
it can be enough
to simply marvel
at the mystery
of how a heart
so broken
can go on beating,
as if it were made
for precisely this –

as if it knows
the only cure for love
is more of it,

as if it sees
the heart’s sole remedy
for breaking
is to love still,

as if it trusts
that its own
persistent pulse
is the rhythm
of a blessing
we cannot
begin to fathom
but will save us

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