The month of August has been a whirlwind of activity. It seems like something has been going on every single weekend. And there is no end in sight until after Labor Day. Don’t get me wrong. I love going to cook outs and parties, and I love visiting with family and friends. But this morning I find myself sitting with a cup of coffee in a nice, quiet (and clean!) house. Pure bliss.
This past weekend we had a lovely visit from the Dude’s uncle Jack, who is a retired Episcopal priest. I love Jack! He’s got a wry sense of humor, you can talk theology with him till the cows come home, he loves animals, and he shares an appreciation of all things Italian and British. Oh, and he absolutely LOVES my homemade scones. We had a great weekend filled with lots of laughs, great food, and wonderful discussions. But I was still working in the kitchen and trying to do the “entertaining thing.” You know, sometimes that just wears a person out!
We had asked Jack a few weeks before his visit if he would perform a blessing on our animals and on the house. I had wanted to have my house blessed for a very long time. It may seem odd to some, but this old house needed a blessing. I have lived in this house for almost 9 years. It’s seen me through a marriage, a very painful divorce, and the healing that comes with time, prayer, and the love of family, friends and the Dude. However, my ex’s indiscretions and alcoholism didn’t leave a good “vibe” in the house. Call it karma, energy, spirits, whatever. I needed a blessing as final closure and house cleaning.
Jack agreed and prepared a blessing. It was a beautiful celebration of everything I love about this house. We started outside and worked our way through every room in the house with prayer, holy water and candle. By the time Jack gave the final blessing, I felt as if a weight had lifted. The house seems at peace (I know, I’m nuts!) and ready for the next chapter of our lives.
Now, we were ready for the blessing of the animals. I worried about the logistics on this one! We have three dogs, two cats and a fish whom you have met before in a previous post. How in the world would we get them all in one room and sitting down? We didn’t have to worry. I swear they seemed to know what was going on, and other than wrangling the cats – ah, you know how cats are – they all congregated at our feet in the kitchen. Jack started the blessing and there were readings included, of which I was doing one of them. ** Spoiler alert ** I’m an emotional person and have been known to shed a tear or two! Well, it came time for me to do my reading and I was doing fine. No tears, reading the passage and thinking I was home free! Ah, but there was a sentence about the gentleness of creatures and I made the HUGE mistake of looking down at my girl Sadie, and I just choked up.
Jack proceeded to bless each animal individually by sprinkling holy water on them and rubbing it into the tops of the their heads. They were all troopers – even the cats! Jack even blessed our fish, Fish – who swam up to the glass and seemed to take it all in stride.
So, all in all it was a great weekend, and I still have one week of vacation in front of me. Now we are on to house projects. Yeah, we need a blessing for that too!