May you be blessed forever, Lord

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Christ Healing the Blind by El Greco via Wikimedia Commons

May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for not abandoning me when I abandoned you.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for offering your hand of love in my darkest, most lonely moment.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for putting up with such a stubborn soul as mine.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for loving me more than I love myself.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for continuing to pour out your blessings on me,
      even though I respond so poorly.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for drawing out the goodness in all people,
      even including me.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for repaying our sin with your love.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for being constant and unchanging,
      amidst all the changes of the world.
May you be blessed forever, Lord,
   for your countless blessings on me and on all your creatures.

 St.  Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582, Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun and reformer
The HarperCollins Book of Prayers

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Blessed be the Lord,
    for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
    and with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
    he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
    be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

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