Epiphany 5: That All Be Made Well

For Joy
Image: For Joy © Jan Richardson

Reading from the Gospels, Epiphany 5, Year B: Mark 1.29-39

He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up.
–Mark 1.31

People I love are hurting. So in light of this week’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, I wanted to write a blessing especially with them in mind—a blessing for healing, a big blessing, a blessing wide enough and deep enough to match their need.

What came was this: a blessing small enough to carry in the hand or in the heart. If you are in need, may this be for you a word in the wound, in the illness, in the ache. May you be made well.

And All Be Made Well
A Healing Blessing

That each ill
be released from you
and each sorrow
be shed from you
and each pain
be made comfort for you
and each wound
be made whole in you

that joy will
arise in you
and strength will
take hold of you
and hope will
take wing for you
and all be made well.

–Jan Richardson

For a previous reflection on this passage, visit The Domestic God.

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Using Jan’s artwork…
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Using Jan’s words…
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17 Responses to “Epiphany 5: That All Be Made Well”

  1. Phyllis Thomas Says:

    This Blessing is deep, hopeful and soothing. Thank you Jan.

  2. Sally Says:

    Dearest Jan ~ As you know, I love your work, I am deeply touched by your work. With today’s Blessing, “That All Be Made Well”, it’s as if you stepped into my heart and wrote incredible words for my daughter. She is in the midst of chemo side effects and struggling. I have forwarded your blessing to her and I will be praying it for her daily.

    Thank you, thank you.

    • Jan Richardson Says:

      Sally, thank you so much. I am praying and sending blessings for your daughter and for you. May she be enfolded with healing, and may you each receive what you need for this journey. Thank you for sharing the blessing with her, and for the gift of your words here. I am grateful for you!

  3. lisa Says:

    Thank you so much for this. I will indeed carry it with me.

  4. Sue Mannshardt Says:

    An absolutely beautiful wellspring for all of us! Thank you thank you thank you!

  5. claire bangasser Says:

    Your blessing makes me feel good all over!

  6. Dawn Says:

    This moved me deeply

  7. Claudia Says:

    Thank you for your spirit filled words of blessing. I plan to share this often.
    Blessings to you for sharing your gifts to a world in need of healing.

  8. Jan Richardson Says:

    Friends, thank you! I’m so grateful for the gift of your words; they are a blessing back to me. Peace to you!

  9. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn Says:

    Oh Jan, this is so powerful. Thank you – and many prayers for you.

  10. Candie Says:

    Jan, your blessing touched me today just when I needed it. Thank you for the beauty of your words and your artwork.

  11. Paul Soupiset Says:

    this came at a perfect time for me. thank you.

  12. Kaz Says:

    thank you Jan I’m struggling at the moment with seizures but I know all will be made well, I the end for me.

  13. Elise Says:

    You touched my heart

  14. James Butler Wayne Says:

    I honored to know you Jan. Alice and I love you and what you do. May God and The Holy Spirit continue to work within you for the sake of your own soul and the souls that you touch with your work. You are blessed and I am glad for you. Keep doing what you are doing because you do it so well…God speed… James :)

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